Out-of-this-world welcome awaits UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi in his homeland after historic space mission

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File photo of Al Neyadi before the launch to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA in March
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Dubai: An out-of-this-world welcome awaits UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi in his homeland as he lands in Abu Dhabi on Monday, September 18, after his triumphant journey from space to Earth.

The nation is set to honour the ‘Sultan of Space’ after he completed the longest Arab space mission onboard the International Space Station (ISS) – lasting six months – and the first spacewalk by an Arab.

Al Neyadi, along with three other NASA SpaceX Crew-6 crewmates, splashed down from the ISS in the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft Endeavour off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida in the US at 8.17am UAE time on September 4.

They then flew to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, US, for a two-week rehabilitation programme to readjust to gravity and life on Earth.

A hero’s welcome has been arranged for the 42-year-old Emirati astronaut from Al Ain who is returning home after more than a year, including the six months he spent aboard the ISS and the training period away from the UAE.

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Visit to catch all the live updates of Al Neyadi’s historic return to the homeland from 5.20pm onwards on Monday, September 18

Message of gratitude

Ahead of his grand homecoming, Al Neyadi sent a message of thanks and gratitude to all those who supported him, from the wise leadership to his family and friends and those who worked for his mission’s success.

He expressed his profound sense of unity and achievement in a video shared by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, the agency behind the UAE Astronaut Programme, on its account on microblogging platform X (formerly Twitter).