New nationwide competition to send an Emirati into space
Launched by Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments
This week, Aabar Investments launched a new competition that will see its winner be given a place onboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo when it begins running commercial trips into space.
Virgin Galactic and Aabar Investments are co-owners of Virgin Galactic – which was founded by Sir Richard Branson to make commercial space trips possible – with tickets currently worth $250,000 each.
Virgin Galactic CEO and President, George Whitesides, said, "The specifics of the competition are being finalised but this is an ideal way for us all to give something back to the community of the UAE."
"Without the support of Aabar Investments this programme would not be where it is today. We are on the precipice of achieving our first goal - our first flight to space - which is expected to take place later this year." Whitesides added.