In honour of the Hope Probe entering the Mars Orbit, a team of 200 engineers were honoured at a reception on Tuesday at Bab AL Shams.
The team was honoured by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The reception was held in recognition of the team’s hard work and efforts over the past six years in successfully building and launching the Hope Probe that made history on 9 February, as the first-ever Arab interplanetary mission.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, "Celebrating the Hope Probe team as part of the ministerial retreat is a message that our projects over the next 50 years will be as ambitious as the Emirates Mars Mission. The Hope Probe is the best gift to dedicate to the people of the UAE on the 50th anniversary of our country."
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum further added, "Millions of Arabs felt a sense of belonging and pride as they watched an Arab spacecraft, carrying the name of Hope, reach the farthest point they have ever been in the universe. Today, our scientists and experts are the real champions who will drive the journey of our country towards further achievements, excellence and success."