Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates on the historical accomplishment of the Hope Probe’s entry into the Martian orbit.
His Highness said the mission fulfils the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s dream, which he expressed 50 years ago.
“Under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa and the continuous support and follow up of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the UAE has created history both on the regional and global stage. The accomplishment is the latest in a series of significant national achievements in the space sector. The Hope Probe’s entry into the Martian orbit makes the UAE one of the leading nations in space exploration and space science. We are the fifth nation in the world to reach Mars.
Following this achievement, which is unparalleled in the Arab and Islamic world, we will share the expertise and knowledge we have gained from different phases of this ambitious project with people and institutions in the region and the world. This is in line with our commitment to contributing to the progress of humanity and securing a bright future for the planet’s next generation,” Sheikh Hamdan noted.
His Highness said this remarkable achievement, which was made possible by the blessings of the Almighty and the efforts of citizens to support the nation’s journey of progress and cement its leadership in shaping the future, is aligned with the UAE’s goal of becoming a major player in advanced sectors like space exploration.
“Backed by the vision and support of our leaders, the progress achieved by the UAE is an inspirational success story for the global community. The UAE will continue to invest in its youth and equip them with the tools and knowledge needed to contribute to the nation’s quest for global leadership in various sectors,” His Highness said.
Sheikh Hamdan commended all those who contributed to the success of the National Space Programme and the Hope Probe mission.
“We are proud of this historic achievement that is the product of the innovation and excellence of exceptional young Emiratis who worked tirelessly for six years to deliver this massive project on time. Despite the current circumstances, these Emiratis continued to have confidence in their ability to fulfill Zayed’s dream,” His Highness added.