As The New Quarter Dawns, we present the following for our community as we look forward to the privilege to serve:
|UAE leaders welcome astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi at the new Abu Dhabi International Airport terminal. UAE Presidential Court|
Returning from an extended work trip, I am already plotting my next travel adventure – so I can understand exactly why Sultan Al Neyadi now has his sights set on the Moon, or even Mars …
OK, my last journey – or my next – won’t be half as epic as the UAE astronaut’s six months on the International Space Station, but on the sentiment we are simpatico.
And while I came back with a cold (sob), Dr Al Neyadi came back to the UAE having contributed profoundly to science and to the country’s standing in the global space industry.
As President Sheikh Mohamed said: “The people of the UAE are united in pride for his remarkable achievement, which has further advanced our nation’s space exploration ambitions.”
Also returning to the UAE this week was a team of medical volunteers who provided help to earthquake survivors in Morocco. The team also gave urgent maternity care and treated people for diabetes and heart disease.
Please do read on for more … and if you want some travel inspiration you can find the latest edition of our new "travel unpacked" series in the highlights.
PS. I went to Germany, it was lovely and enlightening – you can read about it here.
Best wishes always,
Do you have beshara to share? Email me: NicolaLeech@TheNationalNews.
|UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, the first Arab to perform a spacewalk, is welcomed back to his hometown of Al Ain. MBRSC|
“When I was young, I used to see the Milky Way from Al Ain when there wasn't any light pollution,” Dr Sultan Al Neyadi said after a grand welcome reception in Abu Dhabi. “It was a special experience to see my dream turning into reality.”
So perhaps it was at this hero’s homecoming that the scale of his achievements really became clear.
Dr Al Neyadi was greeted by hundreds of people, welcomed by dignitaries and treated to a traditional Emirati dance. It was a fitting tribute to the man who put their town on the map of najmonauts – find out what that means here.
‘Keep pushing boundaries, breaking stereotypes and inspiring future generations of women in science. We have the power to make a difference’
– Sara Ishaq Alkhoori, a PhD research student at Khalifa University is exploring how biofuel production can be used to mitigate carbon emissions and protect the environment
|A UAE-based team of medics deliver urgent care and training in Morocco after the deadly earthquake. Photo: Aster Volunteers|
The doctor and five nurses went on a six-day mission to the worst-hit parts of Marrakesh and surrounding areas, where they faced aftershocks.
While providing urgent health care, the team also trained local people.
“Volunteers now know how to diagnose and see if a patient or victim is alive or not, and how to activate the emergency response system,” Haitham Naeem, a Jordanian assistant chief nursing officer, told The National. Read more here.