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Dubai's aviation continues to outperform global growth

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Driven by the vision of our great leaders toward excellence and innovation, Dubai’s aviation sector has been outdoing global growth.

“The strong fundamentals of our economy have helped it stay strong inspite of downward trends that prevailed worldwide in 2016. It is clear that the economy has been successful in achieving its goals of diversification. Oil sector now contributes less than one per cent to the economy. Aviation, one of the key sectors of Dubai’s economy, now has a significant contribution to the economy. The contribution of this sector continues to increase and is expected to reach 35 per cent of Dubai’s GDP from the present about 30 per cent,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai Airports, in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the official monthly publication of the DCAA.

Sheikh Ahmed, who is also the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Chairman of Dubai World Central Corporation, added: “We continue to make best use of latest smart technologies and our investments toward expansion, which will not only help us accommodate the strong growth in passenger numbers, but will also ensure an unmatchable passenger experience, speedy procedures and high security.”

In his message, His Excellency Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director General of DCAA, said, “The aviation sector’s importance to our economy underscores the need to maintain excellence across all areas of operations. We need to stay ahead of the requirements that would arise with future growth and developments in this sector.

In order to manage this growth effectively, we need to make best and innovative use of latest smart technologies and maintain the standards of security and safety and continue working toward excellence.”

“At the DCAA, we see the challenges of future growth as opportunities. And, as our leadership has inspired us, we are continuously working on the path to excellence and to stay 10x ahead of others. The culture of excellence and innovation is embedded in our organization and the achievements of each department are a testimony to this,” added Ahli.

In an interview to Via Dubai, Mohammed Abdulla Lengawi, Executive Director, Aviation Security and Accident Investigation Sector, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), said the department implements the latest technology and security. “We operate 24 hours and are always on call,” he said.

He said Dubai is unique and has always been the best aviation service provider in the world. “Dubai has won the prize for being one of the safest airports in the world. On the security, we have achieved 99.53 per cent, the highest score in the world. I have a professional and dynamic team in the DCAA which can cope with the challenges. And we ensure that we are ahead of the game. So, thinking outside the box, a proactive team, that’s what makes me proud,” he added.

Burhan Al Hashemi, Managing Director, Enoc Marketing, said in an exclusive interview to Via Dubai, that ENOC will focus its efforts and investments on fulfilling Dubai’s energy needs through the expansion of its refinery and service station network, building terminals storage capacity, and increasing its market share in the marketing of diesel, jet fuel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). “Over the next five years, the Group will focus on expanding capacities to support domestic energy demand in alignment with Dubai Plan 2021 and in preparation for EXPO 2020. This includes a 50 per cent capacity increase of ENOC’s Jebel Ali refinery to reach 210,000 barrels per day, as well as the construction of Project Falcon’s 16km jet fuel pipeline extension to Al Maktoum Airport by end of 2018,” he said.

The bilingual newsletter in English and Arabic brings a special story on smart airports enhancing passenger experience. The latest issue also has an exclusive column by Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World, in which she talks about the need for bold leadership amid changing times in aviation and forthcoming ACI Africa World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition. In the Opinion Section, Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Transport, Singapore, highlights the need to address the emerging challenges in aviation collectively.

Conceptualised, produced, marketed and promoted by Nadd AL Shiba PR & Event Management, the newsletter has latest news about DCAA, airlines, air traffic management, cargo and organization, technology, Middle East, UAE and International.  

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