27-year-old Nora al-Matrooshi will be making history as the first Arab woman to train as an astronaut.
She is a mechanical engineering graduate and has been selected by the United Arab Emirates as the first Arab woman to train as an astronaut.
She works at Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company.
She will be seen joining NASA’s 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class in the United States. The Gulf is expanding the wing in a bid to diversify itself in the space sector.
She was assessed on her scientific abilities, education and practical experience, and then on physical, psychological and medical assessments.
UAE also aims at developing its scientific and technological capabilities and reduce its reliance on oil.