The Middle East's growing space industry
1 March 2014 Last updated at 10:52 GMT
On a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates, Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson reaffirmed plans to build a space port in Abu Dhabi within two years.
It is just the latest development in a fledgling local space industry that sees big profits in extraterrestrial exploration.
Howard Johnson reports.
Watch: Middle East Business Report