UAE's FM Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed that the journey of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Probe) represented an honorable example of the strong will of the Emiratis and Arab youth.
In his exclusive statements on the occasion; he also stated that the Hope Probe reached the furthest point that an Arab had ever reached; underscoring that the ambitions of the UAE have no limits and that defying the impossible has become a lifestyle and an approach of the journey in the next 50 years.
He pointed out that the journey of the Emirates Mars Mission involved tremendous challenges; but the Emirati youth and the members of working teams managed to overcome them; starting with the completion of the project in a record time of six years. This is as compared to other similar projects whose periods bypassed a decade.
The second challenge consisted of the process of transferring the Hope Probe from Dubai to Japan; which took place in over 83 hours, and the monitoring of the probe's journey to the Red Planet; which was crowned by the announcement that it had successfully entered Mars' orbit.
He also added, "We celebrate today a group of Emirati youth; who presented the world with an honorable example of the unlimited ambitions of our country and the Arab world; who have performed their duties towards their nation with high efficiency and dedication; proving to the world that our process of development for the upcoming 50 years is unique and inspiring."
He also stressed that the achievements of the Emirates Mars Mission are the outcomes of the vision of the Founding Father; the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who met with experts from NASA in 1976 and nursed this ambition. The wise leadership was keen to establish the foundations of a professional system of comprehensive action in the space sector and trusted and supported Emirati cadres who led this project successfully.
Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the fact that the Hope Probe is a success story not only for the Emiratis but for all Arabs. While calling on Arab minds to look forward to the future.
"We extend our pride, appreciation, and gratitude to members of the "Hope Probe" project; as they were part of the great achievement. Moreover, you have proved your worth for the wise leadership's trust. From here, we will continue our beloved country's achievements thanks to your efforts," he also added.