The Hope probe would touch down on the red planet by 2021, in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of when seven emirates came together to form the UAE.
Al Ahbabi added that the UAE space program would help resurrect a lost Arabic trait of understanding the galaxy.
Speaking at the Dubai Airshow Tuesday, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, Mohammed Al Ahbabi said the first ever Arabic and Islamic space mission was intended to educate and inspire.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says that despite its space agency only being three years old, it remains on track to launch a probe to Mars by 2020.
The UAE space agency, which backs the mission, was formed in July 2014 and has secured a reported $5.2 billion in public and private support.