Shaikh Mohammed reviews plans for UAE’s Mars mission

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By Staff  www.khaleejtimes.com

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired the inaugural meeting of the UAE Space Agency team who set plans for sending the first probe to Mars from the region and the Arab world.

Shaikh Mohammed reviewed plans for this ambitious project in terms of organisational, legislative and administrative aspects. The meeting also shed light on the framework and milestones to be achieved in the coming years for sending an unmanned probe to Mars by the year 2021.

In presence of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs; Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs and Chairman of the board of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA); Mohammed Dhaen Al Qamzi, Shaikh Mohammed reiterated the pivotal role of the wise leadership and vision of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in addition to his unwavering support in fueling the development march of the country.

During the meeting, Shaikh Mohammed directed all government institutions to provide maximum support to the mission’s team. He highlighted the importance of preparing a new generation of aerospace engineers and professionals and the need to create a constructive legislative environment for its operation and development. More info