Sultan Al Neyadi created history with his extended space mission and stay at the International Space Station. As he returned to the UAE, he was given a hero’s welcome with a grand reception waiting to receive him in Abu Dhabi. In fact, his return journey had been live-streamed by many people in the nation! Here’s what happened when he landed in Abu Dhabi.
Sultan Al Neyadi Returns To The UAE
نهنئ أصحاب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيّان والشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم وحكّام وشعب الإمارات بعودة رائد الفضاء سلطان النيادي إلى أرض الوطن.
تجربة سلطان النيادي أثبتت كفاءة شباب الإمارات والإمكانيات والقدرات التي يتمتعون بها، نريد شباباً مثل سلطان في كلّ مجال في التكنولوجيا… pic.twitter.com/GQy7vNWmbp
— Maktoum Bin Mohammed (@MaktoumMohammed) September 18, 2023
Sultan Al Neyadi received a hero’s welcome in Abu Dhabi on September 18, Monday when he landed in the UAE. This comes after he completed a successful space mission of six months on the International Space Station making history. He was received by President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He was also received by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister, and Minister Of Defence of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.
After he deboarded from the aircraft on which he arrived in the UAE, he was greeted by three of six children at the doorway. As they ran towards him to embrace their father, it was certainly a moment that tugged the heartstrings of many people.
His Arrival In Abu Dhabi Was Filled With Heart-Warming Moments
We congratulate the UAE’s people on the safe return of astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi to his homeland, following the successful completion of the longest Arab space mission. The UAE’s leadership proudly celebrates every national achievement. The warm welcome Sultan received reflects… pic.twitter.com/WLC91fnB48
— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) September 18, 2023
His arrival in Abu Dhabi was filled with many such heart-warming moments. Not to mention, the immense pride shining in the eyes of the people at the welcome party was hard to miss. As it happens, Dr al Neyadi gifted the UAE flag to Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which he had carried along to the International Space Station. Not to mention, he gifted his youngest son, Suhail, the plushy astronaut that he’d promised to bring for him during one of the ‘Call From Space’ sessions. As it happens, the grand reception for Dr Al Neyadi included many notable Emirati pupils who were dressed smartly in astronaut flight suits.
Ahead of Sultan al Neyadi’s return, landmarks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi were lit up with his picture, as the nation celebrated the return of this emirati astronaut from his extended space mission.
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