3rd December, 2023 | 1HR 33MINS

I’ve Flown In The Northern Lights The First Emirati Female Pilot | Bakhita Almheiri

In this episode of In The ARENA, Bakhita Almheiri joins me to discuss her journey becoming one of the first Emirati female pilots.

Since becoming a pilot at 20 years old, Bakhita has had an interesting journey of overcoming challenges and has expanded her expertise to entrepreneurship and public speaking.

Key podcast topics:
The importance of reflection
Misconceptions of the Middle East
Self-development

Bakhita’s biography:
Bakhita lost her father at the age of 10 years old and due to her mother working two jobs, she took on a role as a parent in her home. When it came time for her to get a higher education, she had multiple options available to her and after realizing there was a lack of females in the aviation industry, she decided to be the change.

Bakhita became a pilot at the age of 20 years old and has been flying for the past 10 years. While she continues to fuel her love for aviation, she is also a successful entrepreneur and public speaking.

Podcast highlights:

  • 00:00
    • Introduction
  • 01:00
    • Everybody has a story
  • 03:46
    • The importance of reflection and spending time alone
  • 11:22
    • Finding a partner as a strong woman
  • 15:35
    • Becoming the first Emirati Female Pilot
  • 25:45
    • “You are the only person that will you’ll spend the rest of your life with”
  • 30:22
    • Being a pilot
  • 49:27
    • Everything has a consequence but you have a choice
  • 54:20
    • Bakhita’s businesses
  • 1:02:15
    • Harvester Coffee Company
  • 1:06:57
    • Animals and flying
  • 1:10:35
    • The secret behind Emirates Success
  • 1:14:13
    • Misconceptions of the Middle East
  • 1:17:44
    • Events
  • 1:21:37
    • The future of Bakhita and dealing with anxious passengers
  • 1:25:52
    • “Everything happens for a reason”
  • 1:30:54
    • Best moments flying
  • 1:33:43
    • Feminism and hope for the future

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