KhalifaSat captures UAE's highest mountain from space

Emirati-made satellite beams back more familiar sights from the UAE during its journey through space

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The first Emirati-made satellite has captured a striking snapshot of the UAE's highest mountain.

KhalifaSat has been putting together a stellar photo album since blasting off into the skies in October, 2018.

The advanced Earth observation satellite's latest out of this world picture is of the Emirate's most formidable peak, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.

KhalifaSat didn't have to zoom in quite so close as usual, with the summit of the mountain proudly standing close to 1,900 metres above sea level.

The picture was shared on Twitter by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, using the hashtag #WorldsCoolestWinter, a nationwide domestic tourism campaign launched by Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid last month.

The campaign invites people to explore the hidden gems of the seven emirates and during its 45-day run – overseen by the Ministry of Economy in collaboration with local tourism entities – it aims to highlight the landmarks and attractions that distinguish every emirate and contribute to the UAE as a single destination.

Only last week, the satellite beamed back an image of Dubai's Love Lake.

It has previously sent back stunning pictures of Palm Jumeirah, Al Maktoum Stadium, Kingdom Centre, Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Prophet's Mosque), the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Baikonur Cosmodrome, from where the first Emirati astronaut, Maj Hazza Al Mansouri, travelled during his space odyssey.