UAE has been conducted Astronaut Program among 4,000 young men and women for the selection of the first two Emirati astronauts. The selected astronauts are Hazza Ali Abdan Al Mansouri and Sultan Saif Hamad Al Neyadid the program is in cooperation with the Russian space agency, Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities.
The target of the space program is to qualify and prepare Emirati astronauts for scientific missions in outer space. One of the selected astronauts will go to space on a 10-day mission aboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft as part of the Russian space mission to the International Space Station.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, appreciated the young astronauts and said:
“We have the only Mars probe programme in the region; our satellite industry has realised its full potential; we have UAE astronauts; we have a space industry worth AED20 billion, and we have aspirations without limits… when given the opportunity, Arabs can reach for the stars.”
In the space sector, UAE is accomplishing outstanding achievements in the recent years. This achievements reflect the aspirations of the UAE youth and inspire the others to reach the highest levels in all fields.