The heads of civil aviation authorities and aviation ministers from around the world will converge on Dubai on January 24, 2019 to participate in the first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit. Dubai will be hosting the two-day international aviation event (GIAS 2019) on January 28 and 29, 2019.
Prominent aviation industry and economic sector leaders marking their presence at the GIAS 2019 will include HE Eng Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Board Chairman, General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA); Sheikh Salman Al Sabah, Chairman, Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and Eng Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication; Abdul Hakim bin Mohammed Suleiman Al Tamimi, Chairman, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation; Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO); Hadi Sirica, Aviation Minister, Nigeria; Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport, South Africa; Volodymyr Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure, Ukraine; Monica Azuba Ntege, Minister of Works and Transport, Uganda; Captain Sameh El Hefny, President, Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority and Ricardo Fenelon Junior, Director General, National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, and other decision makers.
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His highness Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansori, Minister of Economy and Head—Board of Directors, UAE- GCAA, stated, “The summit coincides with the remarkable achievement of increasing the number of passengers through Dubai international airport to reach over one billion, as it was stated by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the state, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who expressed his delight over holding the event in Dubai to exchange experiences and information between international experts in aviation sector, as well as holding partnerships that would support investment in aviation. The Global Investment Aviation Summit in Dubai highlights UAE’s leading regional role in aviation sector which is a key pillar in enriching the national economy.”
The Minister of Economy and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GCAA said that the UAE concerns much with aviation field in terms of using the latest developments in modern technologies and specialised studies and the holding of many specialised events and active participation in local and international conferences, hoping to conclude agreements and deals that would increase the investment opportunities in aviation, stressing that the summit contributes to the promotion of the state’s efforts to attract investments in the aviation sector, to lineup with the state’s strategic position.
HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General, GCAA, said, “The participation of aviation ministers and heads of air transport agencies and airline companies, as well as industry leaders and businessmen from all around the world, is a testament of the importance of GIAS. It also emphasises the prestigious stature occupied by the UAE in the aviation industry, a key driver of economic growth in the country. The UAE’s aviation and air transport sector has made unique jumps during the past few years, where the state managed to reach milestones on a par with the leading countries in this sector, whether in terms of the number of flights taking off or landing every day at Emirati airports or the number of passengers. The aviation sector has contributed significantly to cementing the UAE’s position as one of the leading countries that provide the highest-quality air transport services, by harnessing the latest technologies and smart services in the aviation industry.”