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Yasmeen Al-Maimani: Saudi Arabia’s First Female Commercial Pilot

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Six years after Yasmeen Al-Maimani obtained her aviation licence from the Saudi Civil Aviation authority, she finally hot appointed as the first female pilot in commercial airlines in Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Maimani got her qualifications in Jordan and then spent 300 hours of flying practice in the US where she exchanged her American license with a Saudi one in 2013.

Following this, Al-Maimani waited for a very long time with no return in the professional world and just last week the Saudi Arabian airline Nesma Airways granted the female aviator the permit, marking a major milestone in aviation history.

Al-Maimani posted a photo of herself in action on Instagram, expressing her gratitude and enthusiasm for achieving her dream.

She posted a photo of herself in the cockpit and quoted the picture saying, “thank God, I achieved my dream today. Released as First Officer.” 

 

Saudi’s princess and ambassador to the United States Reema bint Bandar Al Saud tweeted the news on Friday.

 

 

 

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Saudi Mountaineer Continues to Support her Late Friend’s Charity Work

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Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab who climbed Mount Everest earlier this year shows her commitment to her late friend’s charity by using her Everest ascent to raise money for underprivileged children in Egypt.

If you’re familiar with Omar Samra, then you probably have heard of the heart-wrenching story of his wife Marwa Fayed who died in 2013 after complications during childbirth, leaving Samra heartbroken and alone with their kid who luckily survived.

Now, Shahab is showing her commitment to Fayed’s charitable work and vows to carry on with raising funds for the cause.

In a video she posted earlier this week, the mountaineer broke down on in tears whilst telling her story with her close friend Marwa.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video.

Watch the video below, and if you’re as eager as we are to donate to the cause, click here.

 

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The Kingdom Implements End to Travel Restrictions For Women

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The Kingdom has begun implementing the previously announced changes to the laws which now allow women to travel without permission from a guardian, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” the report said, citing an interior ministry source.

The rules were announced in a royal decree earlier last month, and it gives adult women the freewill to travel and exercise more control over family matters.

“The passport department has started receiving applications for women aged 21 and above to issue or renew passports and to travel outside the kingdom without permission,” the department said on Twitter.

These sweeping landmark reforms are a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s Vision 2030 for the Kingdom that gives citizen a better quality of life. It included last year the lifting of the driving ban on women and the possibility of ending the male guardian system.

 

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Saudi Students Can Now Study Abroad Without a Permit From their Guardians

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Saudi students can now travel abroad to study overseas without a need of a permit from their guardians, this includes students under the age of 21.

All the students need to travel is a proof of their scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced on Monday

This clarification comes after a number of reforms have been announced in a royal decree last month, first giving the right for every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport, for Saudi women to travel without permission from a male guardian and now this.

The royal decree has been certainly welcomed and found to be a huge step towards attaining the 2030 vision, that ensures a better quality of life for citizens.

 

 

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