Furthest Arab nations have ever gone: Mohammed

Eudore R. Chand

50:50 chance of Hope probe hitting orbit

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

ABU DHABI 9 February 2021: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday addressed the people of the UAE and to the Arab and Islamic nations, on the eve of the Hope Probe’s Mars arrival.

The speech, broadcast via the official account of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, states:

“In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful: My brothers and sisters, the people of the UAE and the people of the Arab and Islamic nations; Assalamu Alaikum.

“Within a few hours, the Hope Probe will arrive at Mars. The biggest challenge for the probe is to enter Mars orbit, with a 50 percent success rate; though the failure rate is 50 percent, I believe success is within our grasp.

“But I say, even if we could not enter the orbit, we’ve already made history. This is the farthest point in the universe to be reached by Arabs throughout their history… More than five million working hours by over 200 Emirati male and female engineers.

“Our goal is to give hope to all Arabs that we are capable of competing with the rest of the world.

“We pray to Allah the Almighty to grant us success in reaching Mars.

“Assalamu Alaikum.”

We will commemorate fifty years of Union by celebrating arrival to Mars

While millions in the UAE, the Arab region and the entire world are anticipating the historical moment when the Hope Probe completes its journey to orbit Mars on Tuesday, Sheikh Mohammed yesterday tweeted, “Tomorrow, we will commemorate fifty years of the Union by celebrating our arrival to the planet, Mars. We celebrate the outcomes of the efforts of Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid to invest in human capital. Tomorrow, we will start preparing for the next 50 years, and we will prove to the world that the UAE and the Emirati people are capable of doing the impossible. Tomorrow, we shall arrive at the furthest point in the universe.”

There is a state of anticipation at the news of the Hope Probe’s success in reaching the orbit of Mars, and many news channels, internet sites and social media platforms are preparing to broadcast the event live, said official news agency Wam.

Live Broadcast

The UAE Government Media Office will organise a major media event at Burj Khalifa in Dubai to showcase this historic moment in the journey of the UAE and highlight the more challenging phase of the mission, which is to enter the red planet’s orbit. The event will be attended by global news agencies, as well as local, regional and foreign media representatives, and officials and members of the Emirates Mars Mission. There will also be a live broadcast from the operations room of the Satellite Control Centre at Al Khawaneej at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.

The public may follow the live broadcast of the moment when probe orbits Mars through the link: www.emm.ae/live.

The Hope Probe is set to reach the orbit of Mars at 19:42 UAE time, and the live broadcast will start at 19:00.

During the event, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, who chairs the UAE Space Agency, will present, in detail, the phases of the Hope Probe mission, from its inception as an idea to the probe orbiting the planet. Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission, will explain the latest developments related to probe.

The media event will involve several stages highlighting the probe’s journey, how the UAE achieved its dream to reach space and its realisation with Emirati hands. The event will also witness several interviews with members of the mission.

The journey to be showcased at Burj Khalifa The event will comprise an impressive laser show at Burj Khalifa, the highest man-made skyscraper in the world, showcasing the journey of the Hope Probe and the efforts of the Emirati cadres who made this dream come true.

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