The United Arab Emirates became the first Arab country to launch a Mars mission after they blasted off a rocket carrying a probe named “Hope” from Japan to explore the planet. The probe was launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan at 2158 GMT on Sunday.

Earlier, the “Hope” — originally known as “Al-Amal” in Arabic — was delayed twice due to the bad weather. However, the launch on Monday looked successful as a live feed after the launch showed the Japanese control room astronomers applauding in joy.

“The launch vehicle trajectory was executed as planned and separation of the Hope spacecraft was confirmed,” rocket manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said as quoted by AFP.

The UAE capital — Dubai celebrated the successful the launch of the “Hope” with the world’s tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa exhibiting a symbolic 10-second countdown.

“This mission is an important milestone for the UAE and the region,” Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, director of the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said at a post-launch press conference in Japan.

“It has already inspired millions of youth regionally to dream big and work hard to achieve what seems to be impossible,” he added.