Sunday, March 15, 2015



Mariam al mansuri was born in 1979, in Abu Dhabi. She is the first female fighter pilot of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the first woman to join the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) academy.

Her family is related to Sultan bin Said al Mansouri, an engineer and politician in the UAE. She earned an undergraduate degree in English literature. She said that she aspired to become a pilot since high school, but she had to wait until women were permitted.

Al Otaiba, ambassador of the UAE, considered al Mansouri as a role model for women in Islamic and Arab states. He said: " I think it's important for us moderate arabs, moderate muslims to step up and say: " This is a threat against us ".

By Zineb El Haddad

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