UAE’s first astronauts will make first public appearance

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UAE’s first astronauts will make first public appearance

Dubai's making some huge advancements in the global space scene, in Dubai, and now the very first Emiratis heading into space are making their first public appearance.

The official Emirati astronauts will be appearing at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, talking about their journey so far.

Taking place this weekend (Friday March 1) at 4pm, the two space travellers-to-be will be sharing their experiences in their training regime and the perks of being one of the first astronauts, along with the launch of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre's (MBRSC) new book, Journey to Space.

Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi were picked from a total of 4,000 applicants to be the first Emiratis in space, which was whittled down to thirty-nine candidates last July.

They passed the physical and psychological test of UAE Astronaut Programme at The Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), all to test each person’s intelligence, aptitude, personality and working memory.

The talk, named “The Race to Space: The Story of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre”, will chart the evolution of the UAE's space programme, from the law establishing the Centre to the launch of Khalifasat, the first satellite designed and built by Emiratis.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is kicking off on Friday March 1, and you can get your tickets to each talk, including the astronaut talk that’s free to attend, by visiting

If you’re looking for other key dates and talks from your favourite authors, check out all you need to know here.

Space is clearly on the up in Dubai, as not only have they already implemented laws in space, but they’re also setting their sights on Mars.

Get those autograph pens at the ready.
Free entry. Fri Mar 1, 4pm-5pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City,

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