UAE’s space center plans moon landing by 2024

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The strategy covers the Mars Exploration Project “Hope Probe” 2117 Strategy, the Astronaut Program and others. (WAM)
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Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of UAE Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum reviewed the new strategy. (WAM)
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The new 2021-2031 strategy was launched on Saturday. (WAM)
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Updated 27 September 2020

UAE’s space center plans moon landing by 2024

  • Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of UAE Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum reviewed the new strategy
  • The strategy covers the Mars Exploration Project “Hope Probe” 2117 Strategy, the Astronaut Program and others

DUBAI: The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre plans to send the first Arab mission with Emirati astronauts to the moon by 2024, state news agency WAM reported.

The mission is part of their new 2021-2031 strategy which was launched by the center on Saturday, and includes plans related to space missions and satellites.

Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of UAE Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum reviewed the new strategy.

“Its future programs for training national cadres in the space sector and building satellites will be supported by knowledge, data and innovations academic and scientific research institutions in the Arab world and the world for the benefit of mankind,” Al-Maktoum tweeted.

The strategy covers the Mars Exploration Project “Hope Probe” 2117 Strategy, the Astronaut Program, the Satellite Development Program, and the UAE Space Sector Sustainability Program.

The UAE’s national space sector has already attracted nearly $5.98 billion in investments during the past few years, according to WAM.

The strategy also aims to improve innovation in the national space sector and develop the qualifications of UAE nationals.

“The UAE’s ambition in the space sector explores, plans and makes the future. Our youth, engineers and pioneers open new horizons in the science, technology and innovation fields in this vital sector for the future of our world,” Al-Maktoum tweeted.


Hospital: Palestinian official Erekat in critical condition

Updated 19 October 2020

Hospital: Palestinian official Erekat in critical condition

  • Erekat on Monday was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened
  • Erekat has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past 30 years

JERUSALEM: Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat on Monday was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him.
Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat’s case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed in the United States three years ago. It said he suffered from a weak immune system and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19.
It said Erekat, 65, was sedated and that its most senior doctors were consulting with international experts on how best to manage such a complicated case.
Erekat has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past 30 years, serving as their senior negotiator during on-again off-again peace talks. He also was a top aide to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and the current Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. A fluent English speaker, the Western-educated Erekat also makes frequent appearances in the media.
Erekat was transferred to Hadassah on Sunday at the request of the Palestinian Authority, despite the Palestinians’ decision this year to sever ties with Israel. The Palestinians cut off ties to protest Israel’s pledge to begin annexing occupied West Bank land as part of President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has since frozen the annexation plan.