Afghan woman flying the world solo is now in Dubai

Afghan woman flying the world solo is now in Dubai

Dubai Airport on Thursday welcomed Shaesta Waiz, a 29-year old Afghan aviator on a quest to become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and aviation education to the next generation of promising youngsters.

By the end of her 90-day voyage in her Beechcraft Bonanza A36 aircraft – which began at Daytona Beach International Airport in Florida on May 13 – Waiz plans to have made 30 stops in 18 countries on five continents, covering a total of over 25,000 miles. At each stop, she will host events she hopes will get young people interested in science. On Sunday, she will host a workshop in Dubai.

Dubai marks here 11th stop, having most recently been in Bahrain, Egypt, Athens, Italy and the United Kingdom. Future planned stops include India, Singapore and Australia. The trip will end where she began, in Florida.

The initiative is led by Dreams Soar, a non-profit organization she founded in 2014 and is supported by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Airports Council International.

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