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Emiratis switch to ‘future sciences’ thanks to space missions

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The UAE’s space achievements have led to young Emiratis considering future sciences “so they can effectively contribute to building the economy of the Emirates of tomorrow”, the country’s Vice-President has said.

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“Providing support to Emirati entrepreneurs and encouraging young people to enter new economic fields represents a fundamental approach in the framework of establishing our position in the future industries sector,” said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

This came as he received a team from Marshal Intech – a subsidiary of the Bin Ghalib Group – that is developing a group of satellites which will be launched in December. The team includes a group of young Emiratis specialised in advanced technologies like electrical and mechanical engineering, software, communication and electronic design.

Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the preparations of the team to launch the first satellite, Ghalib, whose development began three years ago. The group of satellites will be used to track wildlife in the UAE to assist in monitoring animals and conservation.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “Space industries have become a major nerve in the UAE’s economic system, in sync with the goals of the National Space Strategy launched by the government in 2019.”

He added that the country’s private sector has become a key partner in supporting the national space strategy.

The UAE has charted out an ambitious space plan, with the country launching the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission – the Hope probe to Mars – in July. It also plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the Moon in 2024 as part of the Emirates Lunar Mission.

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