Dreams Soar Announces Partnership with HADID International Service at MEBAA Conference

Dreams Soar Announces Partnership with HADID International Service at MEBAA Conference

Dreams Soar has been invited by HADID International Service to officially announce their partnership for the global flight around the world at the Middle Eastern Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference December 6-8, 2016. The MEBAA Show is the foremost business aviation platform in the Middle East located at the purpose built Airshow Site at DWC, Dubai.

The partnership of HADID is crucial to the Dreams Soar mission with the responsibility for all of the flight planning and trip logistics of the Dreams Soar flight targeted for spring 2017. With HADID’s support,

Dreams Soar founder and pilot, Shaesta Waiz, will begin her solo flight around the world with the goal of delivering outreach efforts in 18 countries to inspire the next generation, specifically women and minorities, to pursue STEM and aviation education.

That’s 30 stops over five continents, in 90 days with more than 25,000 miles flown. But it’s nothing compared to the journey this 29-year-old aviator – the first certified civilian female Afghan pilot – has already accomplished. Born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan in 1987, Waiz and her family fled to America to escape the brutal Soviet-Afghan war. She’s one of six girls in her family and no stranger to overcoming barriers to education or pursing a dream.

“Shaesta is an inspiration to all of us – she’s created a spark and a flame in our hearts to live a life giving of ourselves to ensure we positively impact the next generation, our future leaders, and our future communities,” says Lyndse Costabile, chair for Dreams Soar, Inc.’s Board of Directors. “The global solo flight is only one chapter of the Dreams Soar program, yet one that will leave a footprint on the lives of 20,000-plus women and men globally.”

Hadid and Dreams Soar are both dedicated to supporting the next generation. For over three decades HADID has evolved from a domestic flight support company associated with steady and reliable services to that of a first choice global flight support provider associated with some of the most, renowned businesses and general aviation clients. HADID’s 24/7 team of qualified dispatchers will deliver flight planning and flight tracking services utilizing state-of-the-art technology for Shaesta’s global adventure.

Dreams Soar was created in 2014 by Waiz. The organization is now a nonprofit with a goal to partner with strong female role models along Waiz’s upcoming route around the world, and together, promote the importance of STEM and aviation education globally.

“Every time I open the door of an aircraft, I ask myself, ‘How did a girl with my background become so lucky? The truth is, anyone can be me,” remarks Waiz.

Waiz’s global solo flight for STEM will begin and end at Daytona Beach International Airport, and include stops in Canada, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. U.S. stops will include Columbus, Ohio, Hilo, Hawaii, El Cajon, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., Wichita, Kan., Grand Rapids, Mich., Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Mobile, Ala.

The longest leg of the global flight is Hilo, Hawaii to El Cajon, Calif., one that extends 2,184 nautical miles over the Pacific Ocean.

For a complete itinerary of planned stops, and bios on Waiz and the Dreams Soar team, visit Dreams Soar’s website: www.dreamssoar.org.


HADID, with its headquarters in Dubai, UAE, offers a comprehensive range of flight support services. The wide scope of services provided by HADID includes Flight Permits, Charter, Flight Planning, Navigation, Governmental Flight Support services and Ground support including Handling, Fueling and Concierge.

As the longest established company in the flight support industry in the Middle East and North African Region, HADID delivers exceptional knowledge and expertise, with a global impact.

About Dreams Soar Inc.:

Dreams Soar Inc., is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Shaesta Waiz, a dual-graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals, globally. The global solo flight is the first phase of Dreams Soar’s worldwide effort to empower the next generation to pursue degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation. Supported by her Dream Team of collegiate students and young professionals, Waiz aims to be the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe, as well as the first Afghan women to fly solo around the world. Departing from Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB), the global flight intends to raise additional dollars to award scholarships for young women and men worldwide in pursuit of STEM and aviation education. For more information about Dreams Soar, visit dreamssoar.org.


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