The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) will issue a commemorative currency in celebration of Major Hazzaa Al Mansouri, the first UAE national to travel to space.
“His launch marked a significant day in our history as a nation,” said Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of CBUAE, who adding the mission “solidifies the UAE’s place in the global front of space exploration.”
“We also take the time to remember our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, and the pivotal role he played in Hazzaa and UAE’s success. For back in the 1980s, fuelled by a strong desire to have the UAE be a key player in space missions, he sat with NASA astronauts and shared with them his vision.”
He said Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, shared that vision and spared no costs in building on his father’s goals and driving UAE’s progress.
“This initiative from the Central Bank aims to pay tribute to UAE’s visionary leadership and to recognize Major Hazzaa Al Mansouri’s heroic efforts in realising their ambitions,” he added.