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First Saudi Female To Fly With A License

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Al-Hindi is the first female to fly with a Saudi commercial pilot license. Though Al-Hindi hasn’t been able to fly locally yet, so instead of staying idle she chose to teach people how to fly, or at least to supplement them with the basics.

Al-Hindi hasn’t flown for five years, but her name will be remembered as the first Saudi woman to fly with a Saudi commercial pilot license. While her father Zakaria Al-Hindi was her inspiration. He wanted to become a pilot but he couldn’t achieve his dream due to finances — so he made sure he fully supported his daughter.

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal then took Al-Hindi under his wing, backing her as the first Saudi female to pursue piloting. “What I faced when I flew back in 2012 with Al-Waleed, American women had undergone in the ‘70s. ATC (air traffic control) used to dismiss my calls for landing, just because I am a woman. But the prince told me to keep persevering and to keep on calling until I was heard, and then they did; they even started calling me Captain Hanadi, and whenever I was landing the prince’s private plane they’d secure my landing before any other plane.” That wasn’t before many trials and errors involving her mentioning them on their social media platforms to recognize her and acknowledge her existence.

She believes that no parents could supersede what her parents did, going above and beyond, to ensure her success. She said that at the time it was not about being the first or second or last pilot — she just wanted to turn her father’s dream into reality.

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Princess Reema bint Bandar Meets With US Treasury Chief Steven Mnuchin

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Saudi ambassador Princess Reema bint Bandar met earlier with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin where the two of them got to discuss opportunities to further enhance the relationship between the two countries.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in the US said in a tweet that the two senior officials explored “ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as US support for the Kingdom’s economic reforms.”

Princess Reema assumed her new office earlier this month, and has since met with the political figures of the US in the attempt of strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

She presented her credentials in the presence of US President Donald Trump as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

 

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Princess Reema Bint Bandar Meets Donald Trump At The White House

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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar, has met with President Donald Trump to present her credentials as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

“HRH stated that the Saudi-U.S. partnership is essential to the interests of both countries and expressed confidence that the two countries are capable of overcoming any challenges at the regional or global levels,” the embassy said.

The 44-year-old diplomat expressed her enthusiasm on social media, writing, “Looking forward to starting this chapter of my life in Washington DC.”

“Presented credentials today at the White House,” she wrote on Twitter. “Conveyed the well wishes of Kingdom’s Leadership. Looking forward to working on strengthening and solidifying the historic Saudi – U.S partnership.”

Princess Reema Bint Bandar became the 11th Saudi diplomatic representing the Kingdom to Washington since 1945, marking an opening for more women to participate and take roles in government positions.

 

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Main Road in Sharm El-Sheikh Gets Named After King Salman

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According to a report from the Saudi Press Agency, the main road in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh has been named after King Salman. 

Governor of South Sinai, Khaled Fouda, announced the decision during a ceremony that was held to celebrate the 37th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.

Osama Nugali, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League, took part in the event where the announcement was made.

He thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and several senior officials, for such a kind gesture and for bestowing the honor on King Salman.

 

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