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The Six Degrees of…Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is in the UAE this week to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. A much-beloved figure in the Middle East, Fisk is connected to many influential Arab personalities. Kipp even linked him to a local airline carrier’s first Emirati female pilot. Here’s how

April 28, 2012 10:09 by

Salma Al Beloushi

Sharing the venue with Princess Amira at the 11th Middle East Women Leaders Awards 2012, was a girl who was awarded the Women Pilot Excellence Award.

Twenty-four year-old Salma Al Beloushi dared to dream big, and her dream helped her reach new heights -literally). She is Etihad Airways’ first Emirati female pilot to fly an Airbus A320 from Abu Dhabi to Athens, as first officer.

She decided to apply for the Pilot training program after seeing Etihad’s advertisement in a local paper. “It’s something new for Emirati women,” she has been quoted as saying. “My mother has been very supportive and so has the rest of my family. Sometimes I had to tolerate teasing by the boys. They would joke about how I am going to make a great coffee and juice server. But once I put my uniform on, it changed everything.”


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