At the end of last month, the annual Women in Aviation General Assembly took place and an interesting fact was revealed by the Master of the Ceremony, Jouhayna AlMheiri.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Women in Aviation General Assembly has taken place annually for the last five years, and is the meeting place for international aviation leaders, female industry role models and hundreds of college and university students looking to join the aviation industry.

One female role model in the aviation industry is Jouhayna, one of the only Emirati Air Traffic Control Officers on the planet, founder of Jumpstart Aviation and social media manager and speaker for WAI-ME (Women in Aviation Middle East Chapter).

Given the role of Master of the Ceremony, Jouhayna gave some valuable advice to young people across the globe. Posting a short clip on her Instagram, Jouhayna, who was public speaking for the third time in her life, revealed not only a snippet of her speech but also a surprising fact about the aviation industry – there are only a handful of Emirati women who do the same role as her.



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She began her speech by quoting one of her most admired speakers, Dr. Eng. Suaad Al Shamsi – the UAE’s first female aircraft engineer – who gave her some advice that she has cherished for many years, “If you can dream it you can do it.”

The inspirational woman, who has campaigned for gender diversity within the aviation industry continued, “In the UAE and, I believe, in the whole world, there are only four Emirati women to make it as air traffic control officers, and I am one of them. So if I can do it, please push for your dreams.”

The awards are a celebration of those who have achieved success through personal dedication and made a significant contribution to the advancement of women in the aviation industry. As a young and rapidly growing aviation economy, the Middle East is committed to ensuring equal opportunities are provided to women in the sector. The Women in Aviation General Assembly plays a powerful role in bringing the industry together to discuss the challenges and how to overcome them.

For the first time, at the General Assembly this year there was an exclusive awards programme which honoured key women who have helped gender diversity in the industry. Alongside this, there was also a CV drop off facility which allowed young graduates to apply for jobs and internships at the event.

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