FEATURE: UAE, oil-producing Arab countries turn to space development

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Arab oil producers, alarmed by their economies' dependence on a resource for which demand is set to fall, are focusing on space development in a new strategic turn aimed at both building up new industries for the future and raising national prestige. Taking the lead is the United Arab Emirates, which has already begun an exploration of Mars and will launch a lunar probe next year. Technical experts in their 30s and younger, many of them women, are at the heart of the efforts, and collaboration has started with other Arab countries. The Gulf state has developed its economy on the back of abunda...

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