Dubai is on course to join the space race with the launch of its Dubai Sat-1 in 2008/9. The project, being run by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, will see the remote sensing satellite provide the UAE with a valuable source of information to support the country's development plans. Its data will be used for infrastructure development, urban planning, disaster management and  scientific and space R&D. Dubai Sat-1 will be launched into low-earth orbit on a Dnepr rocket by the Moscow-based launching company, International Space Company (ISC) Kosmotras.

Source: Flight Daily News