Nora Al Matrooshi Listed in Forbes Arab Women who Made History in 2021

  • Publish date: Sunday، 06 February 2022
Nora Al Matrooshi Listed in Forbes Arab Women who Made History in 2021

Emirati astronaut Nora Al Matrooshi, the Arab world's first female astronaut, has been listed in Forbes list of 5 Arab women who made history in 2021.

"Al Matrooshi and Mohammad AlMulla were chosen from 4,000 candidates to train with the Nasa space agency for future space missions. In September 2021, Al Matrooshi flew to Nasa's historic Johnson Space Center to train for the 2021 Nasa Astronaut Candidate Class, which she officially joined on January 1, 2022," Forbes said in its report.

"In 2022, Al Matrooshi will embark on two years of training at Nasa in Houston, Texas, representing Arab women in the global aerospace industry."

Salem AlMarri, Director-General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), tweeted "(She) presents exemplary qualifications, leadership abilities, humility, and wisdom beyond her years. She is a role model to men and women alike, and paves the way for future generations to pursue their dreams without inhibition,".

The other 4 included in the list were the first female prime minister in Tunisia and the Arab world, Najla Bouden; Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur; and cofounders of e-commerce company Mumzworld Mona Ataya and Leena Khalil.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UAE University in 2015, Sharjah-born Al Matrooshi gained several years of experience in the field.

Al Matrooshi also previously represented the UAE at the United Nations Youth Conference in summer 2018 and winter 2019.