Following the historic announcement of the establishment of the Emirates Space Agency

The Emirates in the era of Khalifa.. Achievements embrace the horizons

  • The UAE is the fifth country in the world to succeed in reaching Mars.

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During the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, the UAE embraced the ambitions of space, and succeeded in achieving outstanding global achievements after entering the global race for space exploration, as it became the fifth country in the world to succeed in reaching the orbit of Mars. The first, after the "Hope Probe" within the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, on February 9, 2021, successfully reached the Red Planet.

The country also accomplished the first Emirati manned mission to space, and Hazza Al Mansouri, in September 2019, became the first Emirati astronaut and the first Arab astronaut to visit the International Space Station since its establishment in 1998.

In 2014, the UAE officially entered the global race to explore outer space, through the announcement of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, the establishment of the Emirates Space Agency, and the start of work on a project to send the first Arab and Islamic probe to Mars, led by a team Emirati work on a scientific expedition to the Red Planet in 2021.

This historic announcement of the UAE came to constitute a developmental turning point in the country's march by entering the space technology sector, starting work on building Emirati human capital in the field of space technology, and contributing to the increase of human knowledge regarding the exploration of outer space and distant celestial bodies.

Since this announcement, the UAE has embarked on a path of successive achievements in the field of outer space exploration, establishing its prominent global position in this sector.

The Emirates Mars Exploration Project, "Probe of Hope", the national strategic initiative announced by the country's leadership on July 16, 2014, passed many challenges, which it successfully overcame with confidence, and constituted an added value to the project's journey.

The Emirates Space Agency supervised the procedures and details necessary to implement the project, while the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center took over the implementation process and supervised the stages of the design, implementation and dispatch of the "Probe of Hope" into space.

These challenges included the completion of the historic national mission to design and develop the probe within six years, to coincide with its arrival with the country's fiftieth anniversary celebrations, while similar space missions take between 10 and 12 years to implement, as the "Probe of Hope" team succeeded in this challenge.

The project also witnessed challenges related to how to transfer the probe to the launch station in Japan in conjunction with the outbreak of the emerging Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic, in addition to rescheduling the launch date of the probe within the “launch window” that was only from July 15 to August 3, 2020. And those in charge of the project, who are an elite of young national cadres, were able to overcome all these challenges with high efficiency, leading to the historic achievement of reaching the Red Planet in February 2021.

The march of the country's achievements in the space sector were reinforced by the outstanding efforts of national competencies working in this sector, as the UAE launched in 2018, "KhalifaSat", the first Emirati satellite made entirely in the country, and in the hands of 100% Emirati engineers.

The state also launched qualitative and ambitious initiatives in the space sector, and announced in September 2020 the first Arab mission to explore the moon, as part of the strategy of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center “2021-2031”, and in October 2021 it also announced a new mission in the space field that includes building a spacecraft. An Emirati woman travels a 3.6 billion kilometer journey, during which she reaches Venus and seven asteroids in the solar system, and makes a historic landing on the last asteroid in her five-year journey.

Last April, it was announced the launch of a new space mission to the International Space Station, extending to six months.

• “Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Arab astronaut to visit the International Space Station.”


• "An Emirati team led the work on the project to send the first Arab and Islamic probe to Mars."


• «The Emirati team succeeded in designing and developing (Probe of Hope) within 6 years».

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