UAE Sets Sights on the Moon


The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday it will launch an unmanned rover to the moon by 2024 as it seeks to expand its space sector.

The UAE -- a collection of seven emirates better known for its skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands and opulent mega attractions -- is a newcomer to the world of space exploration but quickly making its mark. 

In September 2019, the oil-rich country sent the first Emirati into space as part of a three-member crew that blasted off on a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan for an eight-day mission. 

Then in July, it launched an unmanned spacecraft from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center bearing the "Hope" probe destined for Mars, in the Arab world's first interplanetary mission. 

The Emiratis now have their sights on the moon, according to the UAE's vice president, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. 

"We have launched a new Emirati project to explore the moon," he said on Twitter on Tuesday. "It will be an Emirati-made lunar rover that will land on the surface of the moon by 2024."

Sheikh Mohammed also said that the rover -- named "Rashid" after his father who is credited with modernizing Dubai --  will cover "areas not yet reached in previous exploration missions."

The project marks another first for the UAE, making it the first trip to the moon by an Arab country.

Sheikh Mohammed said the lunar mission was part of the country's space strategy to build new knowledge-based and scientific capabilities. 

The Dubai Media Office said that the 10-kilogramme (22 pound) rover will be an integral part of efforts to build the first settlement on Mars in 2117 -- one of the UAE's most ambitious plans.   

Comments 3
Thumb gebran_sons 4 months

Let us remember that Charles Elachi, the head of JPL for many years, was leading the US effort in lunching all its probes to explore Mars and other planets. It is tragic when we compare Lebanon's potential with the dark ages Hizbollah criminal organization and its puppet Aoun and Bassil have taken Lebanon since 2006. They have raped Lebanon in broad daylight! No justice until we see them all in prison.

Missing 4 months

Bigjohn ... even if you ask supporters of the Hezbollah, many will tell you that Berri is the Godfather of corruption in Lebanon. But yes many in M14 is involved in corruption and many around the Hezb and FPM. And equally true is that you cannot build a state without building a modern state and that include unity of arms

Missing phillipo 4 months

"next year in Jerusalem"
Considering the situation in Lebanon at the moment, I presume you are referring to your emigration to that little town in New York State, USA