Astronauts To Feast On Emirati Cuisine In Space

American, Russian and European astronauts will be devouring traditional Emirati cuisine on board the International Space Station (ISS) when the UAE’s first astronaut arrives for an eight-day stay. 

“The event will be the first of its kind, and for the first time they would taste the Arab cuisine, especially the Khaleeji [Gulf] cuisine, in a non-gravitational environment,” announced the MBRSC.

Hazza Al Mansouri, who will be part of the Soyuz MS-15 mission from September 24 to October 3, said “I’m honoured to be the first astronaut to host an Emirati night on board the ISS to promote the Emirati culture, which I am proud to belong to, and share some delicious Emirati food like madrooba, saloona, and balaleet, which I’m sure they will like.” The Emirati astronaut will wear a kondora, the traditional dress, on board and serve the traditional meals.

Al Mansouri, the UAE’s main astronaut, and Sultan Al Neyadi, the UAE’s back-up astronaut, had earlier spent hours daily for a week to taste about 200 different types of halal food as they evaluated each.

 

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