EMIRATES AIRLINES’ FIRST ROYAL PILOT
Believing in your abilities and overcoming great challenges inspires the confidence to reach even higher. For Sheikha Mozah, the intense study sessions during her ground school training triggered her decision to join Emirates, the UAE’s national carrier and the largest airline in the Middle East, with thousands of international flights every week.
There are several stages of training required to achieve a commercial pilot license. Sheikha Mozah had to learn to fly in bad weather, through clouds, thunderstorms and endlessly still night skies.
“I enjoyed every moment of it. I had to learn to believe in myself and my abilities to face check flights with a positive attitude… there is always something to learn, like being humble and accepting my mistakes as learning opportunities. Every time we fly a new aircraft we have to go back to ground school first, which, for us pilots, is a lot like being grounded. We are itching every second to go back up in the sky and just fly.”
When Sheikha Mozah, having achieved her type rating on the Boeing 777, was appointed in Emirates Airlines in 2015, she became Dubai’s first royal female pilot, marking a milestone for not only the Gulf region but also the Middle East.
On her first passenger flight – Emirates EK901, from Dubai to Amman in Jordan – her proud mother was there all the way.
“My mother always promised me she would be on my first passenger flight. She not only kept her promise but came along with friends and created the most amazing atmosphere on that flight. Maybe she was the reason I wasn’t feeling nervous. I was proud and excited and the adrenaline was so high! She made delete my most beautiful flight. My family has been so supportive and for that, I will forever be grateful.”
Emirati women are, indeed, reaching for the sky thanks to the UAE’s leadership and heritage culture of family support. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, posted on Instagram on the occasion of Sheikha Mozah’s first Emirates flight, sharing his pride in his fearless young cousin’s achievement with his millions of followers.
In turn, Sheikha Mozah has set this memorable image as her personal profile picture (on Instagram), along with her mantra:
“I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn to fly… I’ll do what it takes till I touch the sky”
SERVING THE PEOPLE IN UAE
Sheikha Mozah’s loyalty to her country, her admiration and appreciation of the leadership, and love for her community led her to also put her flying knowledge to serve in the Dubai Police Air Wing.
In 2019, she became the First Lieutenant Pilot at Dubai Police and the first female to attain this position. It is a job that Sheikha Mozah admires, she feels proud and grateful that she is able to serve her country in this philanthropic and heroic role.