Dubai: Now, ‘journey to space’ through newly-designed tunnel

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  • Date: 12-Sep-2021
  • Source: Khaleej Times
  • Sector: Defense
  • Country: UAE
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Dubai: Now, ‘journey to space’ through newly-designed tunnel

The UAE Hope Probe's entry into Martian orbit earlier this year was the milestone of a lifetime. And now, UAE motorists will be able to relive that epic moment every time they pass through the newly-designed Al Khawaneej Tunnel in Dubai. As part of efforts to transform the city into an open-air museum, the tunnel is being given a facelift courtesy Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) — one that pays tribute to a defining moment in the country's space history. Featuring an astronaut, the iconic probe itself and the date 9/2/2021, the project is located at the intersection of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street with Al Khawaneej Street, near the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center. Commenting on the new design, the authority stated that the project “registers the moments of honour in the UAE, with the arrival of the Hope probe to Mars on February 9, 2021”. The design is the work of Indian world artist Shahul and is in keeping with the authority's aim to elevate the aesthetic features across its infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels, and other means of transportation. The successful launch of Hope Probe is the first step in UAE’s enterprising mission of