Space Pioneers

With an investment of more than A$69 Billion, the UAE plans to be one of the leading countries in the field of space research, by forging a ground-breaking path in space exploration, technology, satellite communications and research on terrestrial applications.

In 2014, the UAE Space Agency was launched, along with the national project to build and send the first Arabic unmanned Probe, “Hope”, to Mars by 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE. Since then, plans have been unveiled to build a Mars City that will simulate conditions for human settlement on the Red Planet, to achieve the most ambitious UAE project – to establish a human colonisation of Mars by 2117.

A host of other initiatives are currently under way aimed at creating a whole new generation of innovators. From a human spaceflight program that will create an astronaut corps and new research and technology hubs equipped with robots, unmanned aerial vehicles and high-tech motion tracking systems, to the largest space centre in the Middle East and North Africa aimed at hosting space trips for touristic and scientific research purposes, the UAE is poised to become a major player in the global space sector.