Bertrand Piccard and his flight partner Andre Borschberg set off on their final test flight on Monday, ahead of their official world record attempt, which launches this month. Piccard dedicated the last test flight to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a show of gratitude: 

"We extend our deepest and esteemed gratitude and respects to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed"

Before taking to the skies he said: "I dedicate my first flight here in Abu Dhabi with Solar Impulse to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces who has supported our project since the first time I met him 10 years ago... We extend our deepest and esteemed gratitude and respects to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed and to Masdar for their support in realising this historic flight."

Sheikh Mohammed has been instrumental in making this record breaking quest a possibility. Abu Dhabi has been the home for the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) aircraft since January, when it arrived in time for the Abu Dhabi World Future Energy Summit. Abu Dhabi will also go down in the history books if Si2 successfully completes its five month, 22,000 mile journey around the world, as the starting and finishing line for the epic journey.