Nada Al Shamsi, 32, is striving for the stars, literally. A trailblazer in the truest sense of the word, she was the first female police pilot for Sharjah.
Al Shamsi, said: “The Emiratis are probably the luckiest citizens to be part of this great nation. Our leaders are ahead of their vision for gender equality. Thanks to Major General Saif Ziri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police and his support, the women of the Sharjah Police are not only supported, but they offer them all kinds of opportunities and access to the community, workplace, as well as a stimulating environment to thrive. For this, I am grateful and proud to be part of the Sharjah Police Staff. “
Al Shamsi also praised her family role and the way they have supported her throughout her life. Recalling her training days, she said: “It was also a physical and mental challenge and having to adjust my body to fly at different times of the day. Al Shamsi said she faced many challenges, but overcame them all. “A lot of my instructors were tough on me because they wanted to make sure that all the grades I got were well deserved.”
Al Shamsi’s course was divided into two phases – ground training and flying, which includes solo flying and double flying. “Women can be whatever they want to be, that’s what I think my example shows. All women need to follow a career path that inspires them and makes them happy. She currently flies the Sharjah Police A6-XRK plane.
“I am proud and extremely grateful to serve my country by being part of the Sharjah Police Force. It’s a very rewarding role where I can help the community and have a job that I love. She hopes that her story will inspire “all the young women who are still looking for a way and show them that there is still room for women in the service of our country”.
Nada Al Shamsi “I am proud to be the first Emirati to obtain a pilot’s license at the Sharjah Police General Command. I am proud to belong to a country that believes in the impossible and a leadership that supports our aspirations to excellence in all fields.”
Al Shamsi became a member of the Al Jazirah Aviation Club on November 1, 2018 and she obtained her pilot’s license on November 11, 2019.
“My favorite moments are taking off and landing. Having all the high-end tech is great for things like navigation and troubleshooting, but when it comes to take-offs and landings, I like having a hands-on manual approach. I constantly check things like fuel, weather, navigation and just check that all instruments are working properly. As you fly more regularly you also get used to the long hours, at first I thought it would be really hard but it’s really normal for me now.
“Flying is so exciting,” she says. “When you fly alone, you feel in charge. It was a great experience.”
In addition to her work in the Sharjah Police Force, Al Shamsi is also a well-known poet and has participated in many events. She is an employee in the Media and Public Relations Department of Sharjah Police Headquarters and presented the morning traffic broadcasts in English on the Emirate Police Social Media Platform. She is also a member of the Emirates Poets Forum and a member of the Al Jazirah Aviation Club in Ras Al Khaimah.
She is the first to obtain a pilot’s license from the female component of the Sharjah Police General Command, and she has also participated in the shows at the Al Jazirah Aviation fair for light aircraft in 2020.
She holds a Masters in Leadership Strategy and Management and a Diploma in International Leadership Development from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR in Switzerland, and an LSA pilot license approved by the ‘General Authority of Civil Aviation.