Late last week, the United Arab Emirates announced the names of the two new astronauts who will join the country’s space program in collaboration with NASA: the “2021 Nasa Astronaut Candidate Class”! And among them? The first female astronaut from an Arab country.

An Emirati woman ready to launch into space  

It is a great pride for Nora Al Matrooshi but also for the whole Arab and international female community! 

On Saturday, April 10, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates announced to his Twitter community the two winners selected to participate in the next Arab space mission, a decision taken after a strict 7-step selection process and among 4305 candidates.SEE ALSODubai launches an international space court

We announce the first Arab female astronaut, among two new astronauts, selected from over 4,000 candidates to be trained with NASA for future space exploration missions. Congratulations Noura Al Matrooshi and Mohammed Al Mulla.

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) April 10, 2021

And it is with pride that he announces the nomination of Noura Al Matrooshi! Thus, this 28 years old woman will integrate the Emirati space program to be the first woman to launch into space very soon! 

A very strong symbol for the Arab community 

Noura Al Matrooshi has always been passionate about the world above the clouds and from a very young age, she already participated in many astronomy classes.

Space was her passion since childhood… Nora AlMatrooshi, the new member of the UAE Astronaut Programme.#UAEAstronauts #UAEAstronautProgramme@Astronaut_Nora @TheUAETRA

— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) April 10, 2021

Currently working for the national oil company, the press release from the Emirati Space Center also tells us that she is a mathematical genius, and that is probably why she was selected. 

The appointment of a woman to this position is a great pride for the Arab world and sends a strong message to neighboring countries and the international community. And to spread it well, right after her appointment, she was given a brand new Instagram account and a Twitter account, where she promises to “work hard to make history.”


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