Saturday, February 18, 2006

UAE Aims For Space While Lebanon is Lost in Space

Space Adventures - Ras El Khaimah

While the UAE has joined the space tourism race, Lebanon is lost in space and our educated and ambitious population is led by a bunch of aliens.

Here is what Gulf Daily News wrote today: "Space Adventures, the only company to have sent tourists into space, has announced plans to develop a commercial spaceport in the UAE emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

From the Ras Al Khaimah spaceport, the firm will operate suborbital flights, a newspaper report. The project will cost $265 million, officials said.

The Russian-built suborbital vehicle called Explorer will have the capacity to transport up to five people to an altitude of nearly 100km in space, but the project's schedule is yet to be announced.

The UAE spaceport, to be located less than an hour's drive from Dubai, already has commitments for $30m. "

Come to think of it Lebanon can also join the space tourism race.
Indeed we have our own version of Star Wars. Princess Leia is definitely not Neyla Moawad but Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah looks more like Darth Vader than Obi One Kenobi, and although Walid Jumblat is a taller and more murderous version of Master Yoda, he doesn't have his wisdom.
I am sure that the Ministry of Tourism can sell tickets to our local reality based science fiction show. After all we invested over $35 billion in it.


Blogger Charles Malik said...

Ha, ha! Good one...

This has me thinking: perhaps the cash rich khalij will push the world to new, overly expensive frontiers now that the West is done with it.

18 February, 2006 17:34  

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