'I wanted to be first UAE female pilot'
Hundreds of planes have been ordered at the Dubai Airshow with Gulf carriers easily the biggest customers.
Boeing recently predicted that the expanding global aviation industry would need half a million new pilots over the next two decades - and 40,000 of them will be in the Middle east.
Gulf airlines are addressing a potential pilot shortfall by recruiting and training their own nationals.
One of the UAE's first female commercial pilots Shaima Rashed of Etihad Airways spoke to BBC Middle East Business Report.