Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum receives the UAE's first astronauts, Sultan Al Neyadi and Hazzaa Al Mansouri
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has reiterated his commitment to investing in science and education, saying it is a top priority of the UAE.
He made the comments after receiving in Za’abeel Palace, the UAE's first astronauts, Sultan Al Neyadi and Hazzaa Al Mansouri.
Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also attended the reception.
Sheikh Mohammed discussed with the two astronauts their planned journey as they will embark on a voyage aboard a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.
One of the two astronauts will be selected for the journey that will last one week in September.
Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about their preparations and scientific training they are undertaking to be at the same level with the international peers.
He blessed their journey and wished them success in their drive.
Last week, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that September 25 will be the launch date of the first Emirati astronaut’s trip to the International Space Station.
Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of MBRSC, said that one of the astronauts will fly to ISS for an eight-day Russian space mission aboard a Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft and will travel back aboard a Soyuz-MS 12.
The second astronaut will continue training for future missions, he added.