Egyptian pilot becomes first female Arab to fly A380

Captain Nevin Darwish (R) and First Officer Alia Al Muhairi (L) pose for a photo. (Photo Courtesy: Emirates Airline)
Updated 08 March 2017

Egyptian pilot becomes first female Arab to fly A380

DUBAI: Emirates Airline celebrated International Women’s Day by posting a video of Egyptian Captain Nevin Darwish, the first Arab female to pilot the world’s largest commercial aircraft.
The video shows Darwish flying the Airbus A380 from Dubai to Vienna, flanked by Emirati First Officer Alia Al Muhairi.
In the video, Al Muhairi calls Captain Darwish “a wonderful role model,” adding “she’s an inspiration to all young pilots around the world.
“With such a great attitude, and such a wonderful perspective on things, to see her come every day to work, with the same motivation as if it was her first flight.”
The footage garnered thousands of comments and was posted a day ahead of March 8, International Women’s Day.

TWITTER POLL: More than three-quarters say no to failing Turkish lira

Updated 22 September 2020

TWITTER POLL: More than three-quarters say no to failing Turkish lira

  • Lira has lost half its value since 2017
  • Poll finds more than 80% would not invest in falling currency

DUBAI: The Turkish lira has plummeted 22 percent this year, but an Arab News Twitter poll found that most people still don’t have the confidence to invest in the tumbling currency.

About 18 percent of the 1,438 respondents said that a weak lira was worth investing in, while nearly 82 percent said the risk was too great.

Traders will buy currency when it is weak, but tend to only do so if there is confidence that it will eventually climb back up in value – thus making a profit.

The lira – already impacted by the coronavirus and President Recep Erdogan’s authoritarian style of leadership – has suffered increased problems as he printed more money to bolster spending, but instead his plan led to a further devaluation.

Turkey and Erdogan are facing widespread condemnation for their foreign policy, which has seen the country intrude into Greek-claimed waters and interference in Libya and Syria.

There is also growing concern of civil unrest inside the country.

On Monday the currency reached record lows, touching 7.6 against the US dollar – it has lost half its value since the end of 2017.