By Andy Sambidge
EIAST chief says studies into plan for major astronomy project set to take a year.
The search for a location to site plans for the UAE's telescope project, the first project of its kind in the country, is likely to continue for another year.
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) said it is continuing with feasibility studies and site surveys to determine the best place for the giant telescope.
Discussions with concerned bodies in the UAE emirates are ongoing to select a suitable site that will fulfill the requirements, said Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, director general, EIAST.
The search and further studies are expected to continue for another year before the final location is decided, he added.
"The Emirates Telescope initiative is being undertaken in co-operation with the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and comes in line with EIAST commitment to promote the culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in the UAE and encourage national human resources to actively engage in advanced scientific fields," said Al Mansoori.
EIAST focuses on four main scientific programmes - space programmes, astronomy projects, energy projects and environment and water research programmes.