UAE announces the Arab world’s first woman astronaut

On Saturday Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai announced that Nora Al Matrooshi, 27, had been selected to be part of the country’s astronaut corps.

Mohammed Al Mulla was also chosen.

“We announce today … two new Emirati astronauts … among them the first Arab [woman] astronaut Nora Al Matrooshi and Mohammed Al Mulla,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

“They have been chosen from among more than 4,000 applicants and their training will soon begin with the Nasa astronaut programme. We congratulate the country. We count on them to raise the name of the UAE in the sky.”