UAE to send rover to the moon in 2022

The UAE is sending a rover to the moon in 2022

It's partnering with Japanese company ispace

Location: Dubai, UAE

(SOUNDBITE) (English) EMIRATES LUNAR MISSION PROJECT MANAGER, HAMAD AL-MARZOOQI, SPEAKING OVER SLIDES, SAYING:"This mission will also be used to promote research and development within the country and in the region and to rely on local capabilities in building such sophisticated missions and to also to engage talents in our mission."

UAE is pushing for rapid expansion in the space exploration business

to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on oil

It's aiming for a Mars settlement by 2117

"So the Emirates Lunar Mission is the first mission to be developed by MBRSC to develop a robot to be sent to the surface of another celestial body, which is the moon, and this will be done completely by our Emirati engineers in MBRSC."