Saudi Arabia to send its first woman into space

01:27 PM | 14 Feb, 2023
Saudi Arabia to send its first woman into space

For the first time in the history of the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia (KSA) , a Saudi woman will be sent as the country's first-ever woman astronaut on a space mission later this year. The state media of KSA reported the news following the kingdom's pledge to revamp the centuries-old ultra-conservative approach.

The official Saudi Press Agency stated, "Rayyana Barnawi will join fellow Saudi male astronaut Ali Al-Qarni on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) "during the second quarter of 2023."

The astronauts "will join the crew of the AX-2 space mission" and the space flight will "launch from the USA", the agency said.

KSA will be the second Muslim country following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which became the first Arab country to send one of its citizens into space in 2019. The Emirati astronaut, Hazzaa al-Mansoori, spent eight days on the ISS. 

This set a good example for Muslim countries where women will ace in every walk of life next to men. Rich and abundant in resources, the Gulf countries are looking forwards to diversifying their energy-reliant economies through a number of projects.

The Saudi female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, will become a beacon of hope and empowerment for Muslim ladies all around the world.

Since Saudi de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power in 2017, women have been enjoying unprecedented freedom. Females have been allowed to drive, to travel abroad without a male guardian, and also witnessed the workforce proportion doubling since 2016, from 17 percent to 37 percent.

Barnawi isn't the first Saudi astronaut. In 1985, Saudi royal Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz took part in a US-organised space mission, becoming the first Arab Muslim to travel into space.

The writer is a staff member.


US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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