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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has praised the nation’s efforts to send an unmanned probe to Mars by the year 2021. He gave the green light to start manufacturing prototypes of the Hope Probe during a visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai yesterday. “We are investing in our national cadres to lead this project and contribute in expanding our knowledge about Mars,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “Hope Probe is a qualitative leap for the UAE’s scientific efforts, it is the first contribution for the Arab World in this regard.” Emirates Mars Mission will mark the UAE’s 50th National Day.