UAE’s Mars Mission chief to lead international diplomatic efforts on advanced science

UAE’s Mars Mission chief to lead international diplomatic efforts on advanced science
Omran Sharaf led the UAE’s major space mission, which has successfully sent the unmanned ‘Hope’ probe to Mars in 2021. (WAM)
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Updated 08 September 2022
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UAE’s Mars Mission chief to lead international diplomatic efforts on advanced science

UAE’s Mars Mission chief to lead international diplomatic efforts on advanced science
  • Omran Sharaf has become a member of the UAE Diplomatic and Consular Corps with the rank of ambassador

DUBAI: Omran Sharaf, director of the UAE’s Mars mission, has been appointed as assistant minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to handle the Advanced Science and Technology portfolio.
Following a presidential decree issued on Wednesday, Sharaf has become a member of the UAE Diplomatic and Consular Corps with the rank of ambassador, according to a statement from the UAE Government Media Office.

Sharaf led the UAE’s major space project, which has successfully sent the unmanned ‘Hope’ probe to Mars last year in the first Arab interplanetary mission.

He was responsible for developing, launching, and operating space projects at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.

Earlier this year, the UAE elected him to serve as the Director of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.