Dubai gets first woman pilot from royal family


The youth of Dubai’s royal family are clearly reaching for the skies and beyond. A young woman in the Al Maktoum family earned a unique distinction earlier this month and became a trailblazer of sorts.

Apparently, Dubai princess – Sheikha Latifa – isn’t the only female aviation aficionado in the family, who loves to fly and skydive, but another young woman is also making her mark in the aviation industry.

According to this Instagram post by Sheikha Lateefa, Moza Al Maktoum has become the first woman commercial pilot in the royal family.

Although the veracity of the airline – that she flies for – can’t be confirmed, at first glance the uniform looks similar to the one worn by Emirates pilots.

It is noteworthy that UAE’s aviation sector boasts of many women, from pilots to engineers.

In 2016, Etihad Airways announced that more than half the UAE nationals employed by the airline are women, including nearly 50 pilots.

In recent years, an Emirati woman fighter pilot – Major Mariam Al Mansouri – made headlines around the world when she led an aerial raid against Daesh in Syria.