H.E. Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuaimi: The Hope Probe is a New Chapter in a Series of Exceptional Achievements

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), described the Hope Probe, which is set to launch before dawn tomorrow, Monday, July 20, as a major breakthrough and a new chapter in the UAE’s series of outstanding achievements, thanks to the vision of our wise leadership. He added that the launch of the Hope Probe, despite the challenges the world faces due to the coronavirus pandemic, sends a positive and inspiring message, affirming the UAE’s determination in exceptional times.

His Excellency indicated that the Hope Probe, which will reach its orbit around Mars coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, is the first Arab space mission to the planet. It reflects the great priority that our wise leadership gives to science and knowledge, as the cornerstone of nation building and advancement. It also conveys an important message that Arabs are embarking on a new chapter in their active civilizational role, following in the footsteps of their ancestors. The Probe, which will conduct a comprehensive study of the Red Planet and its atmosphere, will make the data and information gathered available to more than 200 scientific organizations worldwide.

His Excellency added that the Hope Probe benefits from the contribution of several national institutions working together, operating within a cohesive system that aims to place the UAE in a leading position in terms of space technology. It also lays the foundations for a sustainable economy, in a way that emphasizes the UAE’s unique development model, not only in the Arab world, but regionally and globally.

His Excellency pointed out that the Hope Probe is entirely Emirati built, and is the most cost-effective in the world, at around $200 million. It was also built in record time, six years, instead of the ten years initially planned. This proves that the UAE has successfully managed to build a new generation of national experts capable of realizing the ambitions of our fathers and forefathers, paving the way toward the future for new generations.