Start-Up Nation Central Congratulates the United Arab Emirates on its Hope Orbiter Reaching Mars

February 12, 2021 — Start-Up Nation Central, a nonprofit organization building bridges to Israeli innovation, applauds the United Arab Emirates Space Agency on the launch of the Hope Orbiter, al-Amal, which reached Mars on February 9, 2021. Scientists in the region and around the world will be able to learn about the Martian atmosphere as a result of this mission.

The name of this space mission, Hope – or al-Amal in Arabic – resonates in Israel, the Startup Nation. The UAE’s success brings hope to people around the world, including many aspiring youths in the Arab world. Mabrouk!

“Sending the Hope spacecraft to Mars to study the planet’s atmosphere will position the UAE among the very few countries that have taken their space program to the next level,” Prof. Eugene Kandel, CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, commented. “Having a regional partner in the Middle East undertake this daring mission is very meaningful for the State of Israel whose ambitious space program is poised to make breakthroughs, and we can only imagine what Israel and the UAE can do together in space exploration.”

Kandel added: “The UAE and Israel are both small countries with big dreams, taking their ambitions to outer space. We believe the recent signing of the Abraham Accords will allow both nations to harness their knowledge and achieve new milestones in space exploration.”

Start-Up Nation Central works with the Israeli entrepreneurship ecosystem to introduce Israeli technologies that tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. Similarly focused on space exploration and discovery, Israel is home to many startups in this field. Some were involved in the first ever private mission to the moon, Beresheet. While Beresheet did not make a soft landing on the moon, scientists and entrepreneurs are undeterred, and plans for Beresheet II are well underway.

Start-Up Nation Central looks forward to facilitating collaboration between space exploration ecosystems in Israel and the UAE. Please join our UAE-IL Tech Zone Community, where Emirati and Israeli tech leaders join hands to create a stronger region through technology.

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About Start-Up Nation Central

Start-Up Nation Central is a nonprofit organization that helps tackle global challenges by connecting Israeli technologies with multinational corporations, governments, investors, as well as NGOs from around the world. Our innovation discovery platform Start-Up Nation Finder is a leading source of in-depth information on Israeli startups, investors, hubs, multinational corporations, and academic technologies. The open-source platform provides up-to-date information and insights into thousands of active Israeli companies. It serves as the gateway to the Israeli innovation ecosystem for global players seeking partnership with the local tech industry.

About the UAE-IL Tech Zone Community

The UAE-IL Tech Zone Community is designed as a hub where the Israeli and UAE tech ecosystems meet to create a stronger region through technology. The community is comprised of a diverse team of well-connected leaders within the global startup space, located in one of the world’s leading tech centers. The UAE-IL Tech Zone builds valuable, exclusive connections between hybrid ecosystems, focusing on technology-related ventures. Whether it’s building relationships, connections, or creating business ventures, we always lead with our values, which include but are not limited to, diversity, inclusion, and mutualism.