Watch: Fully-female Emirates team helms A380 long haul flight from Dubai

All-women Emirates flight from Dubai to San Francisco. (Supplied)
Updated 07 March 2018

Watch: Fully-female Emirates team helms A380 long haul flight from Dubai

DUBAI: Emirates airline has launched a video highlighting the pivotal role women play in the company with an all-women A380 flight from Dubai to San Francisco in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The video gives a behind the scenes look into the female employees’ roles in multiple sections of the Emirates flight to the US.
From the on-board flight crew to security, technicians and engineers, a total of 75 women from 25 different nationalities took over the flight.

Woman make up 40 percent of the airline’s workforce, according to local daily Khaleej Times. They come from 150 different countries, with nearly 1,150 of those being Emiratis working in a wide selection of roles, the report added.
And 20 percent of supervisory and managerial roles are also filled by women.


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.