The day of Sultan’s arrival back to Earth after six months wasn’t an ordinary day. The anxiousness of waiting for his safe landing kept us glued to the live coverage on the phones as we headed to the office that morning. I could see people in nearby cars watching the historic arrival. It was the feeling of a family member coming back after a long time, but not just from anywhere, from space, and not just an ordinary return, but a return that at least can be called heroic.
إلى الإمارات الحبيبة ✈️🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/t1KlVA1qq0
— Sultan AlNeyadi (@Astro_Alneyadi) September 18, 2023
As he was being carried out of the spacecraft, everyone around me was cheering and saying “Al Hamdulilah”, “Praise to God”. I felt so proud and lucky to be able to witness this moment live.
The trust that our leadership always places in its youth makes it a mission for all of us to achieve even more.
As the UAE celebrates the return of a hero, we get to witness a historic moment, one that’s here to last and one that is a beginning of more inspirations to come.
You made us proud, Sultan. Welcome home!
The nose of the government aircraft is inscribed with Al Ain, Dr Al Neyadi’s hometown.
The Adnoc headquarters, Mubadala Tower, Khalifa University and Marina Mall’s observation tower were illuminated with images of the explorer.
People can tune into a live-stream of his return to the UAE from 5.30pm at mbrsc.ae/live/ and on YouTube.