UAE seeks India help in space research

Primepost News Desk

Not many people know that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a space research programme. Even without a large industrial base that supports hi-end technologies and dependent on other countries for skilled and unskilled manpower, the UAE has started taking baby steps in developing a space programme. Since money is not a constraint for the oil-rich Sheikhdom to reach space, it is eyeing the Red Planet. With India and the UAE turning their age-old bonds into strategic relationship during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit, the Gulf State has sought Indian Space Research Organization’s help in satellite technologies and space research.

It’s another feather in ISRO’s cap. For, the UAE is an important partner in India’s development. For millions of Indian expats working there, the seven Emirates are a second home (in some cases, first) and their remittances keep swelling India’s foreign exchange reserves. More importantly, it is a key oil supplier for us.

Recently, UAE Space Agency chief Khalifa Al Rumaithi and its Director General Nasser Al Ahbabi visited various ISRO facilities in the country. Needless to say, they were quite impressed by India’s achievements in space. The UAE has a plan to launch a Mars mission in 2021 and it is eager to partner with ISRO in its future Mars missions.

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