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History Has Been Made! As First Emirati Dishes Like Saloona And Balaleet Make It Onboard the ISS

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The UAE is a gift that keeps on giving.

Nevermind (albeit a HUGE deal) the fact that the UAE and its Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansouri, will be the first Arab in space but now the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has gone above and beyond to cater to his tastebuds too.

With all the pressure that comes with the job, the MBRSC did well to provide local Emirati dishes to reduce Al Mansouri’s homesickness onboard.

For the first time in space history, food (usually in paste form and in tubes) onboard the International Space Station will include traditional Emirati dishes.

The first-ever Emirati dishes onboard the ISS includes saloona, madrooba and balaleet

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للمرة الأولى في التاريخ سيتم تقديم أطعمة إماراتية على متن محطة الفضاء الدولية. حيث تم تجهيز ثلاثة أطعمة إمارتية لأول رائد فضاء إماراتي وهي المضروبة والصالونة والبلاليط. تكون أكلات الفضاء عادة على شكل معجون في أنابيب وهذه يتم تناولها مباشرة ولا يمكن تسخينها، أو على شكل معلبات تحتوي على الطعام في صورة متماسكة القوام أو وفي صورة مجففة. For the first time in history, Emirati food including madrooba, saloona, and balaleet will be available onboard the International Space Station for the first Emirati astronaut. Meals prepared for space are usually placed in the form of paste in tubes, which should be directly consumed and cannot be heated, or in the form of canned food containing food in a solid or dried form.

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The world’s first Emirati astronaut is well equipped for his eight-day mission to the ISS

Hazza Al Mansouri was selected as the prime and first Emirati astronaut by the MBRSC to fo on the ISS by September.

Read more about it here.

 

‘Meals for astronauts are usually in the form of paste in tubes’

The MBR Space Centre shared images of the Emirati dishes that will accommodate Al Mansouri aboard the ISS, the food (as seen above) can only be directly consumed and not heated.

The canned food is also halal and was prepped ahead of time by specialists.

SO cool!

The menus will have a mix of things, including balaleet, a breakfast option that usually consists of sweetened vermicelli with spices and an egg, saloona, a spicy Emirati stew and madrooba a chicken or cured-fish dish thickened with flour.

How interesting.

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