Sultan AlNeyadi is one of the two selected astronauts in the UAE Astronaut Programme, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed forces, in 2017. The Programme aims to train and prepare a team of Emirati astronauts and send them to space for various scientific missions.
AlNeyadi was selected from over 4,000 more candidates, following a series of mental and physical tests in the UAE and abroad. He is a holder of a PHD in Information Technology (Data Leak age Prevention) and practices Jujitsu, which helped him to be ahead of other candidates and successfully pass the UAE Astronaut Programme’s tests, as he shared the high mental abilities and fitness required.
As part of the agreement between Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Russian space agency Roscosmos to train Emirati astronauts, AlNeyadi travelled to Russia in September 2018 to receive the necessary training to be an astronaut and conduct space missions in the future.