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Sultan Al Neyadi to engage with UAE public on 21 March at a series of events aboard the International Space Station

DUBAI: The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) has announced the launch of “Call to Space”, an exclusive event hosted by Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi that will take place across the UAE. As part of the roadshow, the public will have the opportunity to interact live with Sudan, who is currently on the longest Arab space mission in history aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

“Calling With Space” will take place at various locations across all seven emirates of the UAE. The first event is scheduled for March 21 at 2.30pm at the Dubai Opera, with doors opening from 2pm. As seats are limited, those interested are advised to visit the Dubai Opera website to book their seats today.

The event promises to be an unforgettable experience for aspiring astronauts, space enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning more about the ISS and space.

Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of MBRSC, said: “This initiative is a powerful testament to MBRSC’s unwavering commitment to making space accessible to all. By sharing Sultan’s journey into space, we not only inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts, “Also inspire the wider community. Through events like this, we hope to ignite a lifelong passion for space exploration and foster a culture of curiosity, innovation and exploration in the UAE. Our aim is to inspire young people to dream big in space and beyond.” dream and pursue their ambitions.”

During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to ask Sudan questions about life on the ISS, including the daily activities of the astronauts, scientific research conducted in microgravity, and the challenges of living in the unique space environment.

Managed by MBRSC under the UAE National Space Programme, the UAE Astronaut Program prepares Emirati astronauts for crewed missions to the International Space Station and other space destinations. Funded by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority’s (TDRA) ICT Fund, it aims to support research and development in the UAE’s ICT sector and facilitate the country’s integration into the global arena.

Al Neyadi, who participated in MBRSC’s Emirati astronaut program, arrived at the International Space Station on March 3, becoming the second Emirati and second Arab to aboard the orbiting science laboratory. His mission, the longest by an Arab astronaut, is expected to cement the UAE’s position as the leading spaceflight nation in the Middle East.

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