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THINK YOU’RE A PRO­DUC­TIVE PER­SON? Take a look at Dana Al Blooshi. She’s barely over a decade old and is al­ready jug­gling school work, astro­naut train­ing, and pen­ning her first book *starts rapidly writ­ing to-do list*.

The prodigy is the youngest Emi­rati to have un­der­gone train­ing cour­ses with NASA – she be­gan aged nine – and has re­ceived a num­ber of cer­tifi­cates and awards for her achieve­ments at the US space agency. Has she al­ways wanted to be an astro­naut? “No, I dis­cov­ered my in­ter­est in space about four years ago,” Dana ad­mits to Grazia. “Ev­ery­thing about space in­ter­ests me – the so­lar sys­tem, the stars, the plan­ets and the Moon. Above all, what in­ter­ests me is that you can learn some­thing new about space ev­ery day. There are things that are yet to be dis­cov­ered that I would love to learn about.”

But not con­tent with be­ing an astro­naut-in-train­ing and star of Grazia’s Gen­er­a­tion Z Power List, Dana, who was born in 2005, by the way, is also pen­ning a book that is set to be re­leased in March next year. Why now? “I al­ways get asked who in­spires me, so my book is ded­i­cated to 13 Ara­bian women. It’s about the dif­fer­ent ways they mo­ti­vated me to reach my goals and the dif­fer­ent roles of these women in my life.” Dana adds, “I’m ex­tremely proud of it and I hope to be­come a suc­cess­ful au­thor – and an astro­naut, once I reach the ad­e­quate age!”

Fi­nally, what ad­vice would the soon-to-be-the-youngest-au­thorin-the-UAE give to other young peo­ple hop­ing to achieve their goals? “Never give up, be­cause you can’t achieve any­thing in life if you are not de­ter­mined,” she re­flects. “Se­condly, I would say that age never lim­its your dreams. You could be 12 years old but think like a 20-year-old. You can do what­ever you want at what­ever age.” Wise words from the young pocket rocket.

Arab achiever Dana is NASA’syoungest astro­naut can­di­date

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