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UAE working on plans for 'space tourism', says official

Space law is expected to be announced within few months – Report

UAE working on plans for 'space tourism', says official
United Arab Emirates Space Agencys Chairman, Khalifa Mohammed Thani al-Rumaithi. (AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE Space Agency is developing the idea of “space tourism”, according to the agency’s chairman.

In December 2016, the country announced the UAE Space Policy, with officials revealing they were working on creating the regulations to facilitate space tourism.

“Space tourism is on our agenda.” Dr Khalifa Al Rumaithi told Gulf News without giving any timeframe.

“Mars Mission is very important to the UAE. It is like a bridge to new technology,” he added.

The newspaper said the laws to regulate the space sector that will facilitate Mars Mission in 2020 is expected to be announced within a few months.

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