Described as “an enormous and unprecedented achievement” the UAE scored a success rate of 98.86%, which is the highest rate in history given by ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Department of Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, welcomed the significant achievement of the UAE represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) saying this global recognition comes as a result of persistent efforts for many years in order to reach this high position that the country deserves.
Sheikh Ahmed said the aviation sector in the UAE, with its superb infrastructure and services, has become hugely attractive and is qualified to play a key role in steering the global aviation industry. He praised the efforts of the staff of GCAA, and relevant authorities within the aviation safety sector, hoping the hard work and achievements will continue.
His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Transport said the international recognition is a motivation for the UAE’s transportation sector and other industry sectors to continue to work hard for the county to progress and grow further.
H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA, said: “Scoring first place in the world in aviation safety comes as a result of GCAA’s hard work locally, regionally and internationally. Efforts and initiatives by the GCAA in deploying aviation safety culture have had a fundamental impact in the improvement that we are witnessing in the country. UAE’s aviation sector has, in just a few years, become one of the most prominent aviation sectors in the world. Aviation safety has always been our top priority parallel with exceptional service quality and assurance of growth capability”.
Director general of the GCAA. Saif Al Suwaidi pointed out that the continuous efforts in supporting civil aviation industry in the whole region helped GCAA in achieving the pioneering structure in place. Throughout the years, the GCAA has launched numerous of initiatives in the best interest of the region.
“We share the fruit of the progress with the GCC countries and the Arab countries via ACAC [Arab Civil Aviation Commission] as well as with the region via the ICAO regional office in Cairo, Egypt. We can only thank the GCAA Aviation Safety Team who did their outmost to ensure this achievement for the country. I would also like to thank the innovative and ambitious staff of the GCAA and our civil aviation partners. Together, we are the frontrunner. The GCAA vision, “A Leading, Safe, Secure and Sustainable Civil Aviation System”, has contributed highly in encouraging the aviation community and has guaranteed GCAA’s top-ranking.”
Ismaeil Al Blooshi (pictured left) , GCAA Assistant Director General of Aviation Safety Affairs, stated: “For the UAE to score the highest in the world is a testimony our clear commitment to continue our strive in supporting and enhancing our aviation safety services. The aviation safety affairs sector has worked tirelessly to profoundly implement a culture of safety locally and regionally.”
He added: “The GCAA was very well prepared for the audit programme with an integrated two-year-activity work plan from which designated task forces have been established to execute set goals. The set goals are in compliance with the international safety standards.”
LEFT: Ismaeil Al Blooshi
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