The UAE on Wednesday launched its ambitious plan to send four Emirati astronauts into space.
Young Emiratis have been invited to register for the UAE Astronaut Programme by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The move is part of the UAE space programme that aims to reach Mars in 2021 and build first settlement on the Red Planet in 2117.
In a series of tweets, Sheikh Mohammed said: “On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme, dedicated to sending four Emirati Astronauts into space.
“The people of the UAE will break new barriers; nothing can stand in the way of those who believe nothing is impossible.”
He added: “Our ambitious goals are fuelled by dedicated people, who support us until, without hesitation or scepticism, we succeed. I invite young Emiratis to register for the UAE Astronaut Programme through the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).”
Sheikh Mohammed said that the most competitive applicants will be selected to be ambassadors for the UAE in space exploration. More