Mohammed bin Rashid holds live call with Emirati astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi on longest Arab space mission

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, held a live video call with Emirati astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi, who recently arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) for the longest Arab space mission ever undertaken. AlNeyadi and his Crew-6 teammates flew on board the SpaceX Dragon Endeavor spacecraft for 24 hours before docking with the ISS for a six-month mission.

During the live call from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Sheikh Mohammed congratulated AlNeyadi on his safe arrival at the ISS and praised the UAE and its citizens for their exceptional accomplishments in space. Sheikh Mohammed attributed the UAE’s success to the hard work of its people and various taskforces, as well as the establishment of the MBRSC, the UAE Space Agency, and the National Space Strategy, among other initiatives.

Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the UAE’s efforts to train Emiratis in science and space-related fields and acknowledged that Zayed’s dream and determination to explore space in the 1970s were the ultimate aspiration. He noted that the Arab region needs an inspirational role model to develop its scientific capabilities, and the UAE’s accomplishments have provided a model not only for the region but also for the world. AlNeyadi’s achievement has fulfilled the dream of his fellow Arabs, said Sheikh Mohammed.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his pride in AlNeyadi’s safe arrival at the ISS and called it a source of motivation for all Emiratis, Arabs, and the global youth who follow him. “Everything is possible for the people of the UAE, and our strong will makes the impossible possible,” Sheikh Mohammed said to AlNeyadi.

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