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Miss Al Safar told Gulf News: 'I am always open to challenges and I am not afraid to take risks. I work hard and my job is my top priority.' She added: 'Being a train attendant has helped me understand how to interact with people and staff from different nationalities and different cultures. This has empowered me to tackle different kinds of situations with ease.'
Mariam al-Safar has become the first woman to drive the Metro in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as the Middle East. Only 28 years old, Safar, a Dubai Metro Passenger Services Supervisor has changed people’s perspective towards Middle Eastern women with her occupation and expertise.
Speaking to Gulf News while driving the Dubai Metro, Mariam proudly declared: "I am always open to challenges and I am not afraid to take risks." "I work hard and my job is my top priority," she said. Although the Dubai Metro is driverless and is operated from a centralised control room, maintenance works or technical glitches call for the need to drive the train manually.
Thirty Emiratis have been employed to fill positions created by the opening of the Dubai Metro Green Line. The move is part of a Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) programme to have Emiratis in 30 to 50 per cent of leadership and supervisory jobs within the first five years of the Metro's operation.