A team of Emirati schoolgirls is reaching for the stars after training at a space academy in Singapore.

The two hand-picked groups of 15 made up of 16 to 18-year-olds from the Al Mizhar American Academy for girls in Mirdif took part in four-day training courses in February and September. The youngsters took part in the Space Academy Singapore Programme, which aims to promote science and engineering. Aisha Almaazmi and her friend Khadija Galadari, both 16, were awarded the best cadet prizes during their trips this year. “It was a fantastic experience to go to Singapore and learn about space travel,” said Aisha, who went in February.