|On July 8, the Women in Aviation International (WAI) Middle East Chapter hosted a “Coffee with Shaesta” event at the Sketch Art Café, located inside the Mattar Bin Lahej Art Gallery. Approximately 30 women attended the networking event, hosted by Maryam Al Balooshi from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Shaesta addressed the group on the global flight for STEM and was then presented with a piece of art by Mattar, along with a calligraphy art piece of her name in Arabic, created by Maryam, who is also an inspiring artist. One fascinating item to note, Mattar is the artist behind a well-known sculpture at ICAO headquarters in Montreal!
The next day, Shaesta addressed over 100 children and their parents in the Metropolitan Theater of KidZania, a venue that provides children and their parents a safe, unique, and realistic educational environment. KidZania allows children ages 4-16 to do what comes naturally to them and role play in different career fields, including aviation. Shaesta talked about her experiences and about the importance of STEM. Shaesta was joined on stage by the daughters of Chakib Boudjemaa, from HADID International Services.
Thank you Maryam, Mattar, WAI Middle East chapter, and the GCAA for hosting these amazing outreach events!