Space tourism is expected to become as normal as taking an international flight, according to a senior official from Emirates.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates Chief Operating Officer, expressed the view that as more exploration of space takes place, there will be increased interest from people wanting to experience sub-orbital flights.
He did not confirm whether Emirates would enter the space tourism industry but suggested that airline companies might launch such services in the near future. The global space tourism industry is predicted to grow from $851.7 million in 2024 to $5.19 billion by 2034. UAE, with its rapid developments in space exploration, is well-positioned to actively promote space tourism.
Sultan AlNeyadi, the astronaut who recently returned from a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, also noted that space travel in the future could be as normal as flying an aircraft.