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UAE’s first female crane operator at Khalifa Port
Ayesha Al Marzooqi has become the UAE's first female quay crane operator

UAE’s first female crane operator at Khalifa Port

The UAE has celebrated a milestone with its very first female crane operator at Khalifa Port container terminal.

Ayesha Al Marzooqi, who is 28 years old, controls one of the port’s super post-Panamax quay cranes at Abu Dhabi Ports’ (ADP) flagship location.

Al Marzooqi explained her story: “I watched a documentary about a female pilot in the UAE Air Force who truly inspired me. Before I started my training at Khalifa Port container terminal, I was given a tour of the port facilities and the ship-to-shore quay cranes really fascinated me. I felt this was my calling and I decided to become a crane operator.”

She continued: “Being the first female quay crane operator in the UAE, I hope I will inspire other Emiratis to follow their ambitions, take on challenges and serve their country.”

The crane she operates has a height of 126.5 m, weighs 1,932 tonnes, has an outreach of 65 m (22 containers) and a lifting capacity of 90 tonnes – the same weight as 48 four-wheel drive cars.

She is one of 23 Emirati trainees, of which four are female, currently taking part in a training programme run by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), who operate the container terminal.

Although approximately 80% of the UAE’s populations are expats, ADP is looking to contribute to the “Emiratisation” of the country’s workforce, with UAE nationals making up 44% of the port company’s employees.