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Aviation and aerospace are among the key growth sectors of the UAE, and the government seeks to encourage the sustainable growth of the local industry.

Nadir Al Hammadi

Chairman, Abu Dhabi Aviation

The UAE remains our major hub. In the UAE, there are different sectors such as oil field support, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), and transporting nationals to the different islands around the mainland through fixed wing aircraft, remain our largest chunk of services as a company. On the other side, we also have done a series of international contracts that have gone from leasing aircraft in India and lending our services to the oil industry in Brazil during an oil boom to firefighting services in Spain. We also run HEMS in Saudi Arabia, where we were well positioned due to the promptness and efficacy of our services. We also do a great deal of maintenance for other parts of the world. Our secret is that we are a diverse company in terms of services, so we are able to evolve, grow, and retract depending on the market. This opens the door for a better position among the local competition.

Abdul Majeed Al Khoori

Acting CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports

At Abu Dhabi International Airport, we are constantly becoming smarter. High-tech integration and connectivity plays an important role in our development strategy, and the MTB will have the latest technology in every system that is installed, exceeding global standards. This will provide passengers with an unrivaled airport experience, and airport operations and management teams will have an integrated infrastructure platform that will streamline processes to make the airport run as efficiently as possible. We recognize the need for smart solutions that can be implemented parallel to the construction of our new terminal to improve capacity. From passenger processing solutions to aircraft and airport management systems, we have implemented modern technologies across the airport with the aim of dramatically improving efficiency, increasing the functionality and uniqueness of the airport, and providing passengers with a smoother travel experience. In March 2017, we launched the Smart Travel system, which allows passengers traveling through the airport to complete all their travel processes, from check-in to aircraft boarding, interacting only with technology.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi

Directing General, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi

As Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed, Chairman of Emirates, said, “One third of the world’s population, nearly 2 billion people, live within a four-hour flight from Dubai International, and 80% within 12 hours.“ This is a natural geographic advantage of the UAE. The country’s leadership has an ambitious vision to diversify the economy, and the aviation industry is central to any such effort, whether through trade or tourism. Additionally, industry growth is dependent on the quality of infrastructure. The UAE is recognized as having the best road transport infrastructure globally and the second-best air transport infrastructure. Our open skies policy is yet another catalyst to enhance connectivity and sustainable growth. Together with stakeholders like national airlines, airports, and academic institutions, we are working on stimulating innovation and creativity that we are certain will yield long-term, sustainable results. Historically, growth in the UAE has been mostly focused on building capacity in airports and airlines. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah have made huge investments in upgrading the runways and terminals at their respective airports.



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