His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai has announced the launch of the Arab Space Pioneers programme, overseen by the UAE Space Agency.
The three-year intensive training programme was designed to help young Arab men and women gain expertise in space tech.
“In the coming days, the UAE will launch the Hope Probe to Mars, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. And today, we are launching a programme to invite Arab youth to gain expertise in space technologies in the UAE,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.
“We strive to prepare the next generation of Arab astronomers and space scientists as part of our wider mission to revive the Arab civilization’s status in the scientific sphere.”
Participants can apply on the website ArabsToSpace.com. If accepted, students will receive a fully-covered UAE three-year residency, plus a world-class training in space science and technology, an opportunity to build advanced satellites in the UAE and access to scholarships and other financial help and incentives.
The launch of the Arab Space Pioneers programme comes in the run up to the UAE’s historic launch of the Hope Probe to Mars, scheduled on July 15 - the first ever Arab mission to the Red Planet.