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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mGhadaAl-Rousi.I'moneofthefirstfemalepilotsintheUAE.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE11/23@2pmET.

Ghada Al-Rousi
Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
over 2 years Conversation

Your questions will be answered on Wednesday, November 23rd at 2pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi, I'm Ghada Al-Rousi.

I'm one of the first female pilots in the UAE and a First Officer with Air Arabia.

I was born in the UAE and always enjoyed going to theme parks and experiencing a sense of adrenalin as child. I studied Tour Management in the UAE before working for a short amount of time in one of the UAE's government ministries.

As a pilot, I trained at the Alpha Aviation Academy in Sharjah, UAE, and graduated three years ago from the Air Arabia MPL programme. As a First Officer, I have flown to many places including Moscow, Bombay, Pakistan, Nairobi, Alexandria, Istanbul, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar. London is my favorite place to visit.

I come from a large Emirati family, and some of my siblings work in government, finance, education, the army and police. My hobbies include shopping, visiting the salon and going to watch movies at the cinema.

Some fun facts about me are that:

  • I drive an Audi A6
  • My mum always used to tell me to be careful and warned me that rollercoasters were dangerous when I went to theme parks a lot as a child
  • I always carry perfume, lipstick, a water spray for face hydration, and chocolate
  • When I enter the cockpit, I'm not thinking about anything else in the world
  • I'm passionate that being a good pilot doesn't depend on whether you're a man or a woman
  • If I could sit next to any celebrities, it would be the leaders of the UAE
  • My career objectives are to become Senior First Officer and then achieve the rank of Captain

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Wednesday, November 23rd at 2pm ET.

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    over 2 years ago

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      over 2 years ago

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  • Estelle Juarez
    over 2 years ago

    Do you think there will be a lot of female pilots in the UAE in the near future?

    Do you think there will be a lot of female pilots in the UAE in the near future?

  • Ghada Al-Rousi
    Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
    over 2 years ago

    For those who might be interested on knowing more about Pilot Training you can always contact Alpha Aviation Academy UAE and they will help you. You can reach them on [email protected] Also feel free to use my instagram ghadaalrusi and I'll try to answer as soon as I have the opportunity.

    For those who might be interested on knowing more about Pilot Training you can always contact Alpha Aviation Academy UAE and they will help you. You can reach them on [email protected] Also feel free to use my instagram ghadaalrusi and I'll try to answer as soon as I have the opportunity.

  • Carmen Mackins
    Carmen Mackins PR & Writing Consultant
    over 2 years ago USA

    What was the most challenging problem you had to overcome?

    What was the most challenging problem you had to overcome?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      The beginning of the training. It is something completely different from the School or University and all is new. Even the language is different as it is aviation language with own terms. First 9 to 12 Months are really challenging.

      The beginning of the training. It is something completely different from the School or University and all is new. Even the language is different as it is aviation language with own terms. First 9 to 12 Months are really challenging.

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

    It is such an honor to have you here, Ghada. Are there still moments when you face doubters because you are a female pilot? How do you approach any negative comments? What do you say in return?

    It is such an honor to have you here, Ghada. Are there still moments when you face doubters because you are a female pilot? How do you approach any negative comments? What do you say in return?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      No. I have to be honest and say I never faced any problem in my career for being a woman. In Alpha Aviation they are used to have female trainees and in Air Arabia there are other female Pilots. Both the Academy and the Airline focus on professionalism and Safety, not on gender. As long as you are able to do your job for the them doesn't matter if you are male or female.

      No. I have to be honest and say I never faced any problem in my career for being a woman. In Alpha Aviation they are used to have female trainees and in Air Arabia there are other female Pilots. Both the Academy and the Airline focus on professionalism and Safety, not on gender. As long as you are able to do your job for the them doesn't matter if you are male or female.

  • Rebel93
    Rebel93 Living it up.
    over 2 years ago

    You are lucky you get to spend so much time in the environment. Since you are in the air so much, what are your thoughts on climate change and global warming?

    You are lucky you get to spend so much time in the environment. Since you are in the air so much, what are your thoughts on climate change and global warming?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      This is something that concerns all of us. I am like everyone else worried with the changes in our planet. I think Nature is so perfect that will take care of it....

      This is something that concerns all of us. I am like everyone else worried with the changes in our planet. I think Nature is so perfect that will take care of it....

  • Default
    Guest
    over 2 years ago

    Spending so much time in the air, is work-life balance hard?

    Spending so much time in the air, is work-life balance hard?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      With imagination and support from the family it's possible to balance it....

      With imagination and support from the family it's possible to balance it....

  • Default
    Guest
    over 2 years ago

    What are your long term goals? Would you always like to be a full-time pilot?

    What are your long term goals? Would you always like to be a full-time pilot?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      For now yes. My immediate target is to gain experience. In the Future I want to be Captain and Instructor. I'm open to other jobs in aviation but that will come step by step and on the appropriate time

      For now yes. My immediate target is to gain experience. In the Future I want to be Captain and Instructor. I'm open to other jobs in aviation but that will come step by step and on the appropriate time

  • FemGlamGirl
    over 2 years ago

    What's a misconception about your country and culture that you wish people understood?

    What's a misconception about your country and culture that you wish people understood?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      People who don't know the Country tend to think women are mistreated and have no rights. Nothing could be so wrong. We are treated with all the respect and even we have privileges here that I don't see in European or American Countries.

      People who don't know the Country tend to think women are mistreated and have no rights. Nothing could be so wrong. We are treated with all the respect and even we have privileges here that I don't see in European or American Countries.

  • FemGlamGirl
    over 2 years ago

    What's the culture like where you are from?

    What's the culture like where you are from?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Amazing! Open minded with limits. The limits are the respect for each other and for the Country

      Amazing! Open minded with limits. The limits are the respect for each other and for the Country

  • FemGlamGirl
    over 2 years ago

    Are there ways that you feel female pilots are better than male ones?

    Are there ways that you feel female pilots are better than male ones?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      No. We are all equal.

      No. We are all equal.

  • Default
    Guest
    over 2 years ago

    What's next for aviation? What are the latest trends?

    What's next for aviation? What are the latest trends?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Aviation continues growing.... It's such a dynamic World that anything is possible in the future. The trend is provide more comfort to passengers and more affordable travels

      Aviation continues growing.... It's such a dynamic World that anything is possible in the future. The trend is provide more comfort to passengers and more affordable travels

  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Content Marketing Strategist & Writer
    over 2 years ago

    Hi, Your story is so incredible! Who were your influences growing up?

    Hi, Your story is so incredible! Who were your influences growing up?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      My Country! My Country is my main influence. We are a Country that developed so fast and so well thanks to the work, dedication, nation and perseverance of the people. I'm proud to be one of the people making this Country growing together with many Millions more

      My Country! My Country is my main influence. We are a Country that developed so fast and so well thanks to the work, dedication, nation and perseverance of the people. I'm proud to be one of the people making this Country growing together with many Millions more

  • Default
    Guest
    over 2 years ago

    Hi. My wife has a fear of flying. Do you have any tips or advice to help her out? Thank you.

    Hi. My wife has a fear of flying. Do you have any tips or advice to help her out? Thank you.

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Fly with me :-) If she analyses she will see that flying is the most safe transportation of our days. Maybe she fears the fact she has the feet away from the ground.... There are some programs to help with that

      Fly with me :-) If she analyses she will see that flying is the most safe transportation of our days. Maybe she fears the fact she has the feet away from the ground.... There are some programs to help with that

  • Default
    Guest
    over 2 years ago

    If you could travel to space, would you?

    If you could travel to space, would you?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Definitely....

      Definitely....

  • Lauren Klein
    over 2 years ago

    What does it feel like to fly?

    What does it feel like to fly?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Difficult to explain... you need to feel it. I feel like I'm in a special world when I'm flying

      Difficult to explain... you need to feel it. I feel like I'm in a special world when I'm flying

  • Lauren Klein
    over 2 years ago

    Do you have a favorite aviation movie?

    Do you have a favorite aviation movie?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Sully. It touches any Pilot

      Sully. It touches any Pilot

  • Lauren Klein
    over 2 years ago

    What is your hope for 2017?

    What is your hope for 2017?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Continue learning more and more and get more experience. I still have a lot to learn....

      Continue learning more and more and get more experience. I still have a lot to learn....

  • Lucy Chen
    over 2 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    How can we all help in bettering women's rights in the Middle East? Do you ever feel scared as a woman because you are one of the first female pilots in the area? Or are men becoming more open and accepting?

    How can we all help in bettering women's rights in the Middle East? Do you ever feel scared as a woman because you are one of the first female pilots in the area? Or are men becoming more open and accepting?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Not at all! Never scared! In the UAE there is no discrimination at all when it comes to gender. Being one of the first female pilots in MPL program did not scared me at all and I never had any problem with it, on the contrary. Men accept it very well and treat us as equal in the job. The Country and the society are very supportive and we never feel alone. The good thing in Alpha Aviation Academy and Air Arabia is that they treat men and women equally

      Not at all! Never scared! In the UAE there is no discrimination at all when it comes to gender. Being one of the first female pilots in MPL program did not scared me at all and I never had any problem with it, on the contrary. Men accept it very well and treat us as equal in the job. The Country and the society are very supportive and we never feel alone. The good thing in Alpha Aviation Academy and Air Arabia is that they treat men and women equally

  • Default
    Guest
    over 2 years ago

    What is your favorite flight you've ever done? What are the places you think people have to see during their life?

    What is your favorite flight you've ever done? What are the places you think people have to see during their life?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      There are many.... It's a bit difficult to name places as there so many so beautiful and that depends from person to person

      There are many.... It's a bit difficult to name places as there so many so beautiful and that depends from person to person

  • Noctis Caelum 98
    over 2 years ago

    Hi! I'm from Philippines, and AAG has a branch here right at clark, pampanga. I just wanted to ask you if height is a serious matter when pursuing a pilot career? I'm a male and I stand 160cm and I'm a little bit worried about my height because I know most airline companies have minimum height limit of 164cm when hiring.

    Hi! I'm from Philippines, and AAG has a branch here right at clark, pampanga. I just wanted to ask you if height is a serious matter when pursuing a pilot career? I'm a male and I stand 160cm and I'm a little bit worried about my height because I know most airline companies have minimum height limit of 164cm when hiring.

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Height depends from Company to Company and you need to check with the Company you apply for. In Alpha Aviation UAE 160cm is ok.

      Height depends from Company to Company and you need to check with the Company you apply for. In Alpha Aviation UAE 160cm is ok.

  • yasmine.idriss
    almost 3 years ago

    Hi Ghada, was it difficult to get into the program in Sharjah??

    Hi Ghada, was it difficult to get into the program in Sharjah??

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      The assessment is hard because we are being assessed to become Pilot in Air Arabia. It requires some preparation specially for Maths and Physics. But if you prepare yourself well Alpha Academy supports and helps you through the process. You are assessed for English, Maths, Physics, Psychomotor and Psychometric. You need also an Aeronautical Medical exam and the end of the assessment is a personal interview with the Management.

      The assessment is hard because we are being assessed to become Pilot in Air Arabia. It requires some preparation specially for Maths and Physics. But if you prepare yourself well Alpha Academy supports and helps you through the process. You are assessed for English, Maths, Physics, Psychomotor and Psychometric. You need also an Aeronautical Medical exam and the end of the assessment is a personal interview with the Management.

  • aviationlady91
    almost 3 years ago

    Hi Ghada, Can you tell us a bit about your experience of learning to become a pilot? How did you find the training and did your pilot training school support you?

    Hi Ghada, Can you tell us a bit about your experience of learning to become a pilot? How did you find the training and did your pilot training school support you?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      It's not easy... It's a great experience but requires a lot of hard work. Like anything in live if you love it and you work hard you can do it. Alpha Aviation Academy supported me as I never expected. From instructors to administrative staff they are always supporting us and the Management make us feel like home and are always concerned about how we are going.

      It's not easy... It's a great experience but requires a lot of hard work. Like anything in live if you love it and you work hard you can do it. Alpha Aviation Academy supported me as I never expected. From instructors to administrative staff they are always supporting us and the Management make us feel like home and are always concerned about how we are going.

  • Georgina Purcell
    Georgina Purcell Business Owner
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What advice would you provide to me if I would like to be just like you?

    What advice would you provide to me if I would like to be just like you?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      Do the same I did.... go for it and don't give up. Above all chose the wright program and the wright school. In most of the programs nowadays you may find yourself without job and without money. The good thing with the program I followed in Alpha Aviation is that the guarantee the first job and 1500h of experience.

      Do the same I did.... go for it and don't give up. Above all chose the wright program and the wright school. In most of the programs nowadays you may find yourself without job and without money. The good thing with the program I followed in Alpha Aviation is that the guarantee the first job and 1500h of experience.

  • VivianaVizcaino
    VivianaVizcaino Viviana
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Do you have a favorite plane to fly? Or favorite route/destination?

    Do you have a favorite plane to fly? Or favorite route/destination?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      I fly the Airbus A320. I love this Aircraft but as I pilot I like to fly any aircraft and for sure in the future I'll fly many others. All routes and destinations have something good and different experiences

      I fly the Airbus A320. I love this Aircraft but as I pilot I like to fly any aircraft and for sure in the future I'll fly many others. All routes and destinations have something good and different experiences

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    what was it like being the only female in school?

    what was it like being the only female in school?

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      I'm not the only female in School. I was the only Emirati. Alpha Aviation is very supportive of women and there are many other girls attending the course and many already graduated. the percentage of women in Alpha Aviation undergoing Pilot training is above 10%

      I'm not the only female in School. I was the only Emirati. Alpha Aviation is very supportive of women and there are many other girls attending the course and many already graduated. the percentage of women in Alpha Aviation undergoing Pilot training is above 10%

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Ghada! Such a pleasure to have you as a guest for AAMA. If you could sit with the leaders of the UAE, what would you say?

    Hi Ghada! Such a pleasure to have you as a guest for AAMA. If you could sit with the leaders of the UAE, what would you say?

    • ghada
      8mo ago

      Thank you or you 

       , I will say thank you for everything that u mad our country one on the important country n the world and thank you for supporting  us and we are proud 

      Thank you or you 

       , I will say thank you for everything that u mad our country one on the important country n the world and thank you for supporting  us and we are proud 

    • Ghada Al-Rousi
      Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
      over 2 years ago

      I would say I'm proud to be from this Country. A Country that supports women like no other

      I would say I'm proud to be from this Country. A Country that supports women like no other

    • Bethany Heinrich
      Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      To clarify, what would you discuss with them?

      To clarify, what would you discuss with them?

      • Ghada Al-Rousi
        Ghada Al-Rousi First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE
        over 2 years ago

        I would discuss with them ways to reach all women in the Country and motivate them to do what I did. Follow their dream.

        I would discuss with them ways to reach all women in the Country and motivate them to do what I did. Follow their dream.


Ghada Al-Rousi
First Officer with Air Arabia and one of the first female pilots in the UAE

Ghada Mohamed Al Rousi is a First Officer with Air Arabia. Born in the UAE, she enjoyed theme parks and a sense of adrenalin as a child. She went on to study Tourism Management in the UAE, before working for a short time in one of the UAE’s government ministries. Having trained as a pilot at the [...]

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