UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has congratulated Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi and the Crew-6 team for major advances in space exploration.
In a post on socail media, Sheikh Mohamed expressed pride at Al Neyadi's achievements.
"You carried the dreams of a nation to new frontiers, and we celebrate your pioneering journey and safe return," he wrote.
@Astro_AlNeyadi, the people of the UAE are immensely proud of you and the entire team for achieving major advances in space exploration. You carried the dreams of a nation to new frontiers, and we celebrate your pioneering journey and safe return.— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) September 4, 2023
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also posted a message on the social media site congratulating Al Neyadi on his mission.
"We congratulate the people of the Emirates and all Arab youth on the safe return of Sultan Al Neyadi to planet Earth - the first Arab astronaut on a long mission to the International Space Station.
"Sultan conducted 200 scientific research missions.. and spent more than 4,400 hours in space.. and inspired millions of Arab youth that we are able to contribute positively to humanity's scientific and civilized march," Sheikh Mohammed wrote.
نهنىء شعب الإمارات وجميع الشباب العربي بالعودة السالمة لسلطان النيادي لكوكب الأرض - أول رائد فضاء عربي في مهمة طويلة في محطة الفضاء الدولية. أجرى سلطان 200 مهمة بحثية علمية .. وقضى أكثر من 4400 ساعة في الفضاء .. وألهم ملايين الشباب العربي بأننا قادرون على المساهمة الإيجابية في…— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 4, 2023
In his post, Dubai's Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: "Driven by Zayed's vision, the UAE has embarked on a remarkable journey from desert to space.
"Today, we celebrate Sultan Al Neyadi's return to earth after the longest Arab space mission ever - a milestone moment for a nation whose ambitions know no limits.
"As we look towards new adventures in space, the UAE continues to pursue its vision for a brighter Arab future. We are proud of Sultan's 200 experiments on the ISS, which further consolidate our nation's legacy in the global space arena."
Driven by Zayed's vision, the UAE has embarked on a remarkable journey from desert to space . Today, we celebrate Sultan AlNeyadi's return to earth after the longest Arab space mission ever - a milestone moment for a nation whose ambitions know no limits. As we look towards new…— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) September 4, 2023
Al Neyadi made history on Monday, as he successfully completed his six-month mission aboard the ISS.
He splashed down at 8:17 am GST on Monday, September 4, near Jacksonville off the coast of Florida.