In a big achievement for the UAE, Sarah Al Amiri, Deputy Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission, has landed on BBC’s list of 100 most influential women of 2020.
For years, Sarah Al Amiri has been at the forefront of technology and engineering in the UAE. She serves as the Minister of State for Advanced Technology in the UAE Cabinet, Head of the Emirates Science Council, and Deputy Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission.
In 2017, Al Amiri was invited to speak about the Emirates Mars Mission at a TED event, becoming the first Emirati to speak at the renowned conference. The 33-year-old also delivered a talk at the independently-held TEDxDubai Salon in the same year.
This year, Al Amiri heralded the highly anticipated Hope Probe Mission, a historic moment for the UAE marking the nation’s first interplanetary mission. The probe launched last July for a 495 million km-long voyage to Mars at a speed of 121,000 km/hr. The launch was received with praise from UAE leaders and from around the world.
It is expected the Hope Probe will arrive on the Red Planet on 9th February, 2021, just in time for the UAE’s 50th year of independence.
Thanks to the success of the Hope Probe, 2020 couldn’t have been a better year for Sarah Al-Amiri, and top it off, it’s a momentous occasion for her and the UAE as the BBC ranked her on the prestigious list of 100 most influential women of 2020.
BBC’s 100 Women features a line-up of inspiring women from all walks of life, from Hollywood’s iconic Jane Fonda, Bilkis Bano, the prominent symbol of NCR protests in India’s Shaheen Bagh, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, feminism activist Hayat Mirshad and peace activist Ilwad Elman. Check out the list here.
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)