The UAE is looking forward to Sultan Al Neyadi’s historic space mission, which is scheduled for February 27 at 10:45 a.m. (UAE time). The Dubai Frame and Dubai Mall, as well as the Road and Transport Authority’s automated service kiosks, are displaying messages promoting live coverage of the event, which is scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m. on the same day.
This outpouring of support is heartwarming, and it’s exciting to see the UAE’s progress in space exploration. The live coverage is available to a global audience, allowing everyone to witness this historic event.
Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi received a phone call from UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan prior to his departure from the International Space Station on February 27 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The President contacted Al Neyadi to wish him well and to inquire about his health ahead of the historic mission, which will be the longest space mission ever undertaken by an Arab astronaut.
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Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed expressed his hopes and prayers for Al Neyadi’s success in the mission and safe return home during the call. The President also congratulated Al Neyadi on his achievement and urged him to represent his country well by flying the UAE flag high in the sky.
This show of support from the UAE’s leader demonstrates the country’s commitment to advancing in the field of space exploration, as well as its understanding of the importance of Al Neyadi’s mission.
UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan inquired about Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi’s well-being, family, and mission during a phone call with Al Neyadi.
Al Neyadi responded positively, saying that everything was fine and that they had arrived two days earlier at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He also mentioned that their parents had arrived, that there was a good crowd for everyone, and that everyone was excited and waiting for the historic moment.
The President sincerely hoped that God would protect Al Neyadi wherever he may be and that he would return to the UAE safe and sound, cherished and dear while raising the UAE flag.
The President’s well wishes demonstrate his genuine concern for Al Neyadi’s well-being, as well as his understanding of the importance of this mission to the UAE.
Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi thanked UAE President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for always leading them with kindness and generosity, paving the way for them.
Al Neyadi stated that no one is more excited about this mission than they are and that they will continue the journey that Sheikh Mohamed began by carrying the UAE flag and the ‘Zayed’s Ambition’ patch.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed expressed his gratitude to Al Neyadi and stated that they invest in people like him and his brother Hazza.
Sheikh Mohamed was reassured by Al Neyadi that they would be there for him whenever he needed them. He also stated that they strive for good and honourable things and that they will leave a significant imprint on this mission.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed reminded Al Neyadi to continue working out on a daily basis so that his muscles would be strong when he returned. In response, Al Neyadi stated that they have a two-hour daily workout requirement.
It’s inspiring to see Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed’s strong bond with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi. Their conversation emphasises the value of encouragement and support in pursuing one’s dreams and goals.
It’s also encouraging to hear that the UAE is investing in its people, such as Al Neyadi and his brother Hazza so that they can continue to make history and have a positive impact on humanity.
It’s inspiring to see astronauts’ dedication and discipline in maintaining their physical health during long space missions, and it serves as a reminder of the importance of daily exercise for everyone’s health.
In September 2019, astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri travelled to the International Space Station (ISS) for an eight-day mission as the UAE’s first astronaut mission. During his time on the ISS, Al Mansouri conducted a number of scientific experiments and participated in a live link-up with schools in the UAE, where he answered students’ questions.
On February 27, 2023, Sultan Al Neyadi, the second Emirati astronaut, launched on a six-month mission to the International Space Station. This mission is expected to be the Arab world’s longest space mission in history.
Al Neyadi will carry out scientific experiments and take part in a variety of activities aimed at promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and space exploration in the UAE. The mission is viewed as part of the UAE’s ambitious space programme, which aims to inspire the country’s youth and establish the UAE as a global leader in space exploration.