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UAE's Mars Mission on course in 2020
Updated on 27 January 2017

The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is on track to launch the Hope spacecraft in July 2020 on its seven-month journey to the Red Planet, the mission’s project manager said on Wednesday at the Project Space Forum in Dubai.

Omran Sharaf said: “The mission has been on track so far. We’ve completed the Preliminary Design Review and hopefully we’ll hold the CDR [Critical Design Review] soon.”

Project Space is held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai. He is the chairman of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), organiser of Project Space.

Hope should enter into the Martian orbit by early 2021, the year of the UAE’s 50th independence anniversary, to study the planet’s atmosphere in unprecedented detail. It will also mark the first time for an Arab or Muslim country to send a spacecraft to Mars.

The UAE’s favourite food, drink and music festival is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with the best ever line-up of chefs, 24 of the city’s hottest
Eat the World DXB, the UAE’s leading international street food and food truck event, will return to Downtown Dubai’s Burj Park from Thursday 23rd to
Adding to its already expansive close-encounter offering, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has another exhilarating underwater experience with the Shark Scooter. Akin to a personal miniature
Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers after near record numbers in 2016 according to Dubai Airports.
City Walk will transform into an ‘open air canvas’ for the world’s best 3D street artists to create stunning artworks during the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017.
The eighth edition of the Julius Baer Gold Cup is set to be one of the most glamorous sporting events of the year. Running from 18th February to 10th March at Al Habtoor
ew Order is proud to announce their first ever show in the Middle East, performing in the UAE on Friday 7th April.
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is back. This PGA European Tour sanctioned event, featuring a $2.5 million prize pool, is held early every year at the Emirates Golf
The winter weather offers a great time to visit Global Village, the largest seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region offering an amazing array of festivals, shopping and entertainment
Art Dubai has become one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, an essential gathering place for collectors, artists and art professionals from across
Ras Al Khaimah has welcomed health and fitness enthusiast Nicholas Watson, along with six fellow cyclists to the emirate during their mission to raise awareness.
A convoy of electric vehicles set out on a 700km long road trip through the UAE to mark the start of the first Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip (Emirates EVRT).
Dubai Tourism released its annual visitor figures showing Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016.
Keep your cool as something’s coming straight from the urban streets of 1950’s America to the UAE. West Side Story will have its spectacular GCC premiere at Dubai Opera
In the early days of the emirate’s history, pearl diving was a common way to earn a living. Without the help of tools or equipment, the divers had only their natural skills and abilities to
Truckers DXB came back to Emirates Golf Club last Saturday 11th February where the food truck movement started.
UAE campaign encourages switch from bottled to tap water.
Some of the world’s top female tennis players enjoyed the annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Players’ Party last night.
The Nokia 3310 is back with a revamped version as announced at the Mobile World Congress and will be available soon in the UAE.
Sia will headline the Dubai World Cup (DWC) at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday 25th March.
For many visitors, Dubai's healthcare system offers them an opportunity to get quick access to doctors and services.
Emirates had to divert 60 of 194,000 flights in 2016 to save passengers who needed immediate medical care.
Dubai Opera presents Madam Butterfly from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th March. Beautifully delivered with Puccini’s score and featuring the Flower Duet
Dubai Food Festival (DFF), Dubai’s annual citywide culinary celebration, will return to the city from 23rd February to 11th March bigger and better than ever
We rounded up the top travel apps that will make every stage of your trip easier and more enjoyable. Bon voyage!
Expo 2020 Dubai launched a search for producers of authentic Emirati and regional products including dates, Arabian coffee and sweets, chocolate and spices.
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central witnessed a strong surge in 2016 climbing 85% according to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
IMG Worlds of Adventure has given its guests the chance to unlimited access the world’s largest indoor theme park 365 days a year.
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has opened an exhibition dedicated to the
Sergio Garcia wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2017 following four days of enthralling golf.
Marcel Kittel was a proud man on Saturday after defending his Dubai Tour title with another majestic sprint finish on the fifth and final stage.
Etihad Museum is hosting its first exhibition on the UAE postal history until 30th April.
The Roadery has a little something special up its apron at this year's Eat The World DXB.
Burj Khalifa Annex is hosting the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition that presents the design and style of the James Bond franchise and the craft behind
For a unforgettable night of laughter check out the Montreux Comedy Festival, the biggest French-language comedy festival in the world bringing the most talented comedians
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue return to Dubai Duty Free Stadium on Thursday 30th March. Tickets are on sale for Dhs 150 and the first
Roger Federer and Andy Murray warms up on the beach in Burj Al Arab ahead of Dubai Tennis Championships.
Good Morning Britain & Lorraine, ITV's Breakfast Shows, recently visited the Emirates Palace and local attractions in Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched Dubai-Opoly, a new recreational game as part of its efforts to promote Dubai.
Get ready party people as the RedFestDXB music festival takes over Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Thursday
California electric automaker Tesla is plugging into the UAE electricity grid with an investment of tens of millions of dollars to support the arrival of its new cars by summer.
The Camel Trek participants were overwhelmed by the hero’s welcome they received after successfully completing a journey in the desert of the UAE.
One of the UK’s most-loved traditions, the summer season of concerts known as BBC Proms, is coming to Dubai with a four-day festival of fine musical performances
February is the month of love and we can point you in the right direction if you’re looking to plan a romantic surprise, or even thinking of popping the big
Expo 2020 Dubai will award 47 construction contracts worth Dhs 11 billion (3 billion USD) in 2017.
The who’s who of the equestrian world, the elite of Dubai’s society and tens of thousands of race goers will be donning their finery for the culmination of
Grammy and three-time Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and jazz pianist Michel Legrand is coming to Dubai Opera for one night only on 23rd February
UAE has filed a patent to increase rainfall in the country to supplement water security in the country.
Andy Murray and Roger Federer are heading to Dubai next month to lead a stellar line-up for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The fun continues at Dubai Marina Mall’s Outdoor Cinema with family-friendly films being screened each weekend until April.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the operation of a traditional abra on the Dubai Water Canal.
Don’t miss an amazing Valentine’s Day celebration with some of the UK’s best tribute bands - Abba Illusions and The UK Bee Gees. The stunning Events Arena of Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a breathtaking
Global Village has been ranked the number one brand in the Leisure and Entertainment category among consumers in the UAE
According to Dubai Carbon, there’s money in that half-eaten club sandwich or leftover pizza now making its way into your kitchen dustbin.
SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year.
Kung Fu Yoga, Jackie Chan’s latest international blockbusters release today across the UAE cinemas.
Steel Hammer is a spectacular music theatre that creatively explores the subject of human versus machine. The latest collaboration from composer Julia Wolfe
Abu Dhabi will host the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, the world's largest humanitarian and sporting event, to be held first time in the Middle East.
Dubai is well known for always looking towards the future, but a new museum in the Emirate gives visitors a deeper look into the UAE’s past
A couple was overwhelmed when Dubai officials welcomed them with gifts and flowers upon arrival at Dubai airport.
Madinat Theatre kicks off an exciting new season with a ten-day run of classic family musical, Aladdin.
The new season of Abu Dhabi Classics at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi brings a dynamic new season of classical and traditional music featuring world-class performers and orchestras
The Red Bull Air Race kick off in style on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February offering fans the perfect racing destination
Music legend Sir Tom Jones will be headlining the opening night of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival’s 15th anniversary celebration on 22nd February at the Dubai Media City
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