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Other than being a privilege or entitlement, one’s position or stature in society oftentimes can also become a limitation. But that has not been the case for this Shaikha in Dubai (literally ‘queen or ‘princess) whose passion for travelling and adventure has taken her to new heights as she followed her dreams of becoming a pilot.

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In celebration of UAE’s Civil Aviation Day last October 5, Shaikha Moza Bint Marwan Bin Mohammad Bin Hasher Al Maktoum shared her story of passion and determination to follow her dreams with Emirates through a short video clip posted on YouTube.

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Screengrab of the video posted by Emirates Airline on YouTube

Watch Why Dubai’s Shaikha Became a Pilot

In the video below, Shaikha Moza recounted why she had wanted to become a pilot as a young girl.

Shaikha Moza became part of Emirates, Dubai’s national carrier, back in 2015.  She started as a cadet pilot and has gone up the ranks to become a First Officer for a Boeing 777.

In the video shared by Emirates, Shaikha Moza explained that she had always loved travelling and adventure sports as a young girl, and that she had always set her sights to becoming a pilot when she grows up.

She also expressed her gratitude to the UAE government and its leadership for all the opportunities they have opened up for pilots such as herself, to serve the nation. Shaikha Moza shared that as she is now able to fly all over the world, it always brings her pride to see the UAE from the flight deck, and then to land back home in Dubai.

Shaikha Moza shares this piece of advice to young girls and to those who dream of becoming a pilot one day: “I think you must always follow your dreams, and have the patience and persistence to turn it into a reality. Never give up on what you want.”

In line with the Civil Aviation Day celebrations, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline, thanked UAE leaders in a post on Twitter, for the important role they have played in advancing the country’s aviation sector and industry.

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