Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi

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Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi
هنادي زكريا الهندي
Born September 1978 in
Mecca, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Occupation Aviator

Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi (Arabic: هنادي زكريا الهندي‎‎) is the first Saudi woman to become a commercial airline pilot. She was born in Mecca in September 1978. She passed her final exams at the Middle East Academy for Commercial Aviation in Amman, Jordan on 15 June 2005.[1] She has a ten-year contract with Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Company[2][3] as a private pilot of his private jet, the Kingdom. Al-Waleed is considered a proponent for female emancipiation in the Saudi world, has financed her training[1] and has stated on her graduation that he is "in full support of Saudi ladies working in all fields".[2] Al-Hindi became certified to fly within Saudi Arabia in 2014. [4]

Reports highlighted the irony that a Saudi woman is allowed to pilot an aeroplane but may not drive a car.[2][3] Al-Hindi, however, does not see this as a contradiction.[2]


  1. ^ a b First Saudi Female Pilot Graduates, Arab News, 16 June 2005. Retrieved 21 October 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d "First Saudi Female Pilot Lands Job With Kingdom Holding". 24 November 2004. Archived from the original on November 24, 2004. 
  3. ^ a b CNN Insight, January 19, 2005.
  4. ^ http://m.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-27125689