More than 4,000 Emiratis apply for UAE's astronaut programme


As many as 4,300 Emirati citizens have applied for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the details.

Of the 4,300 applications, 1,400 are women, while 130 held a PhD.

"Proud of the desire, proud of the passion, proud of the people of the country," Sheikh Mohammed wrote. 

The UAE Astronaut Programme - reviewed by a committee including astronauts, Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi - aims to shortlist two UAE nationals to join the astronaut corps.

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