'I wanted to be first UAE female pilot'
18 November 2013 Last updated at 13:34 GMT
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.