Saudi gets its first female pilot

Despite a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, Hanadi Zakaria Al-Hindi has become the first woman in the kingdom to become an air pilot.

Hanadi, who received her pilot’s license in 2014, said women have the same ability to work in all professions as men.

Born in Mecca in 1978, Hanadi initially started studying at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Umm Al-Qura, but decided to travel to Jordan to train to be a pilot at the Mideast Aviation Academy.

Hanadi is not alone, Yasmin Mohammed Al-Maimani, who also studied in Jordan, also returned to Saudi as a pilot.


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