''My dream is to be the first Emirati woman to go to Mars'': Alia Al Mansoori

Alia Al Mansoori, the young Emirati winner of the "Genes in Space" competition, told the Pearl FM, the Middle East’s first radio station dedicated to children, that her dream is to be the first Emirati woman to visit Mars.

Under the sponsorship of the Global Space Congress, Al Mansoori went to Florida, USA, earlier this year and witnessed the launch of Falcon 9, her very own scientific space experiment.

In the interview with Pearl FM’s "The Breakfast Club" hosted by Emirati presenter Saif Abdulla, Al Mansoori spoke about NASA and her dream to go to space. She also discussed her studies and her ambitions to excel and to complete her postgraduate studies before fulfilling her dream.

The well-spoken young girl said that, as an Emirati citizen, her goal is to play an active role in society and to bring honor to the UAE when participating in scientific forums. She said that her wish is to highlight the fact that Emirati women can achieve the impossible. Her dream, she added, is to be the first Emirati woman to visit Mars.

Al Mansoori’s interview with Pearl FM will be aired on Thursday, 12th October, in the morning. By highlighting examples of young Emiratis who excel in various fields the station’s goal is twofold – to offer young listeners successful role models and to make non-Arab and global audiences aware of these inspirational youth.