UAE adopts a national space policy

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The competition heats up: The cabinet of the United Arab Emirates has adopted a national space policy for the Arab nation.

This push by the UAE to become a major player in space is being entirely led by, to quote the story at the link, the “Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.” His effort is a good thing, but in many ways a hollow gesture. The UAE does not yet have the people or the infrastructure for its own space program. What they have is a lot of oil money, which will allow them to buy those skills from others. This is what they are doing for their Mars probe that they hope to launch in 2020.

Whether the skills will then remain within the UAE remains questionable.

One comment

  • Localfluff

    I think it is laudable. Unless it is some undercover way to supply rogue states with modern launch technology, it is yet another example of how the UAE tries to develop to a modern nation by inviting foreign investments in free trade, shipping, industry and now space flight. The UAE is a great example for the rest of the Arab world. You’d better not be an inborn woman or HBTQ there, but in many ways it is a great country. Especially compared to all of its neighbors. You see, this is the strength of a tyranny. Sometimes the tyrant is smart and benevolent. This is almost the ONLY good development in the Arab world in our time.

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