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A small number of UAE residents have reserved their seats on Virgin Galactic’s flight into space next year, paying a whopping $250,000 (AED 918,200).

AED 918,200 for a space trip

It’s been 58 years since Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space, and 2020 could possibly be the year space tourism becomes a reality.

Thanks to the visionary Richard Branson’s venture into the space sector with ‘Virgin Galactic,’ they’re planning to commercialize space travel with 90-minute-flights onboard the SpaceShipTwo.

UAE residents space trip Virgin Galactic Sheikh Mohammed Dubai Air Show

Photograph credit: Virgin Galactic

Sure, the AED 918,200 price tag is quite hefty for a 90-minute flight, but the spaceship is capable of touching an altitude of up to 50,000 ft, after which it launches into space and passengers can enjoy seeing what our planet looks like while on zero gravity.

UAE residents space trip Virgin Galactic Sheikh Mohammed Dubai Air Show

Photograph credit: Virgin Galactic

Some UAE residents have already booked their seats

With the Dubai Air Show going on, Virgin Galactic had the world’s first spaceport on display at the venue, revealing “a handful of UAE residents” have booked their ticket to space and the first flight is set to take off in 2020.

Sheikh Mohammed signed a tourist’s spacesuit too

Emir of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, inaugurated the show and even signed a suit which Virgin Galactic passengers will wear for the flight. Check it out:

There’s no denying the UAE is keen on building its space sector, after sending the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansouri to the International Space Station last month.

Fun fact, Sir Richard Branson gifted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed a UAE flag that was taken to space during SpaceShipTwo’s maiden flight.

Stay updated with what’s going on at the Dubai Airshow here.

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