Plans to launch commercial space flights from Abu Dhabi

Virgin Galactic passengers could fly from Al Ain

Plans to launch commercial space flights from Abu Dhabi

Hands up if you ever dreamed of being a spaceman (or woman) when you were young. We presume that's everyone. 

Well, it could be possible to fly to space from Abu Dhabi if the UAE Space Agency get their way.

Talks are ongoing with Virgin Galactic to operate commercial space flights from Al Ain International Airport. 

It's only been a few months since Richard Branson's company launched its first rocket into space. Eventually the tycoon's firm, which is part owned by Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company, has plans to fly paying passengers, too.

Mohammad Al Ahbabi, director of the UAE Space Agency, hints that Branson has already decided to use Al Ain airport for its flights: “Virgin Galactic is the first business space agency in the world and has conducted successful trial flights recently.

“The reason why the company opted for Al Ain airport is that it is less crowded than other UAE airports, which are scheduled with thousands of flights.”

An Emirati flag was on Virgin Galactic's succesful trial flight in December 2018. Branson gave it to HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in February.

Brandson said at the time: “The gift is a tribute to the role played by the United Arab Emirates and its vision and approach to the space science."

We can't wait to see what happens. 

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