Astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori captured from ISS Abu Dhabi and the Persian Gulf/Arabian Gulf. Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, the UAE’s first astronaut, overviewed his mother country and commented, “Despite being miles away, my heart longed for the warmth of this land.” The photo also shows 8 Gulf countries, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Quatar, UAE and Oman.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai). It is the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi’s rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the massive oil and gas reserves and production, and relatively high average income of its population, have transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis. Today, the city is the country’s center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre, due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400 billion UAE economy.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.