First Emirati in space: UAE leaders celebrate achievement

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Dubai - Hazzaa lifted off aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

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Published: Thu 26 Sep 2019, 6:19 PM

Last updated: Fri 27 Sep 2019, 8:48 AM

UAE leaders His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, took to Twitter to congratulate UAE astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori for becoming the first Emirati in space.
"Over two years ago, my brother Mohammed bin Zayed & I launched the UAE Astronaut Programme. Today, we celebrate the historic flight of the first Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station. An Emirati achievement we take pride in and dedicate to Muslim & Arab nations," the Dubai Ruler said on Twitter. 
"Hazza Al Mansouri's entry to space sends a message to Arab youth that we can march forward, that we can keep pace with the rest of the world. Our next station is Mars through the Hope Probe, competently designed by our Emirati youth," Sheikh Mohammed added.

Sheikh Mohamed also reacted to AlMansoori's entry to space.
"I proudly watched as Hazza Al Mansouri lifted off into space. This event strengthens our confidence in our youth who will take our nation to new heights and reinforces our ambitions for the future. We pray for Hazza's success and his safe return home," Sheikh Mohamed wrote.
Hazzaa lifted off aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft at 5:57pm in Baikonur, Kazakhstan on September 25, Wednesday. AlMansoori headed to space with Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir. 

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