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The competition heats up: At a space conference this week in Abu Dhabi, a UAE official said that his country might begin work on a manned space program.
He also said that they plan a follow-up to their Hope Mars mission, which now has a July 2020 launch date.
The UAE’s prime goal right now with their space effort is to promote the development of a new aerospace industry. Thus, I do not expect them to accomplish much in the near future. Even their Mars mission is I think mostly being built and launched by others (India is helping with the spacecraft and Japan is launching it). In the long term, however, this effort is wise, and will eventually produce for them a real industry.