On Monday, December 9, the Atlantic Council hosted H.E. Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and Omar Sharaf, Project Manager for the Emirates Mars Mission, for a discussion of the UAE Science and Technology Vision and the latest developments in the Emirates Mars Mission. Kirsten Fontenrose, director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, moderated the conversation.

Minister Al Amiri and Mr. Sharaf spoke about how the Science and Technology Vision aims to transform the UAE into a knowledge-based economy, through projects like the Emirates Mars Mission. The Emirates Mars Mission program has allowed the UAE to participate in knowledge transfer programs, strengthen international partnerships, and develop skills and higher education program that meet the needs of highly technical and advanced science.

The Emirates Mars Mission plans to launch the Hope Probe in 2020, with an anticipated arrival date to Mars in 2021. The mission will study the Martian climate and weather patterns, with a long-term view of applying lessons learned to Earth’s climate and to exploring the possibility of sustaining communities on Mars or other planets. The Mission plans to make all the data from the probe feely available and accessible to scientists around the world, without an embargo period, in the spirit of advancing science as a global community.

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