UAE, Isro to ink deal for launching first Arab Mars mission

Isro will be signing a deal on Thursday with its counterpart in the United Arab Emirates to launch Arab world’s first ever mission to Mars.

The MoU between Isro and UAE space agency is among several that would be signed during the visit of Emirates’ de-facto ruler and crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to New Delhi.

The countries will also ink an agreement to set up UAE-India Infrastructure Investment Fund aiming to boost UAE’s investment in India’s infrastructure sector up to $75 billion.

The fund would focus on railways, ports, roads, airports, industrial corridors and parks, officials told Deccan Herald Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed, also the Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday. He will hold a private meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday morning and the two leaders will also lead their country’s respective delegations in the evening. The Arab leader will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee.

In July 2014, The UAE announced its decision to launch Arab world’s first ever satellite to Mars in July 2020.

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