HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

  President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports

  Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group.


Over the past 32 years, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Dubai’s remarkable economic development spearheading the successful expansion of aviation, which now supports 28 percent of Dubai’s GDP, and more recently, formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the emirate’s overarching vision.

Sheikh Ahmed embarked on his career in the aviation industry in 1985 when he was appointed President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) – the governing body that oversaw the activities of Dubai International and Dubai Duty Free, among others. In the same year Emirates Airline –Dubai’s international carrier was launched with Sheikh Ahmed as its Chairman. He is now the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, which includes dnata – the region’s leading travel services and ground handlng company, and other aviation related entities. Under Sheikh Ahmed’s leadership, the DCA underwent an organizational restructuring in April 2007 resulting in the creation of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) as the local regulatory body, and Dubai Airports as the owner and operator of Dubai’s airports–Dubai International and Dubai World Central.Following the restructuring, Sheikh Ahmed became the President of DCAA and Chairman of Dubai Airports.


H.E. Mohammed Abdulla Ahli

  Director-General - Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

  CEO - Dubai Air Navigation Services

H.E. Mohammed Abdulla Ahli began his aviation career in 1966 with dnata (Dubai National Air Travel Agency) and held several key positions leading to the position of Director, Ground Service according to his official public profile.

In 1982, he moved to the Department of Civil Aviation,presently the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, as Operations Director, responsible for all Airport Operations and International Affairs. He represented the Federal Government at several high level ICAO meetings, and played a key role in the establishment of the Airspace for the United Arab Emirates.

A popular figure in international circles and an expert negotiator, Mr. Ahli is widely credited for being instrumental in bringing more airlines to Dubai and steering the emirate's aviation industry in the right direction through the years. He is also touted as among the pioneers who convinced the leaders to establish Emirates Airline, now a global leader in the aviation industry.

“On the 5th of October each year, we celebrate UAE Civil Aviation Day, which gained prominence thanks to the wise guidance of our visionary leadership, which has sought to establish efficient infrastructure and provide workers in the sector with extensive skills, as well as developing the appropriate regulations that ensure the continuity and prosperity of the sector,” Mr. Ahli was quoted as saying on the occasion.


H.E. Ali Salim Al Midfa

Chairman, Sharjah Airport Authority

H.E. Ali Salim Al Midfa, one of the UAE's eminent professionals who has played a significant part during the development of aviation and air transport in the Emirate of Sharjah, has nearly two decades of experience in Airport Management.

Ali Salim Al Midfa joined Sharjah International Airport in 1996 and held many managerial posts in the airport. He was appointed as Director of the Authority in 2005 and then as Director General of the Authority in 2012, before being appointed by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah as Chairman of Sharjah International Airport in 2014 and joining as a member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Sharjah.

 Al Midfa was elected as a member of the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific in June 2014 and was reelected in 2017 for a new three-year term. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sharjah Aviation Services, which specializes in operating ground handling services at Sharjah International Airport as well as a member of the Sharjah Higher Committee for Human Resources.



H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi

  Director General, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority

  UAE Chairman of Arab Civil Aviation Commission Council

H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi was the winner of the Prime Minister's Medal for the Best Director-General in the UAE for 2017.

He was appointed director-general of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in April 2008 and continues to lead the agency in its quest for more innovations and reforms.

On October 5, GCAA marked the UAE Civil Aviation Day by elevating awareness on the aviation sector among both nationals and foreign nationals in the country.

The first commercial flight arrived in the UAE in October 1932 from Pakistan. Today, the UAE aviation industry leads in infrastructure and technology innovations and international traffic volume, employing more than 500,000 people (both directly and indirectly) and contributes approximately AED169 billion (about US$46 billion) equivalent to 15 percent of the country's GDP.

“We have much to be proud of as a nation and as an industry;from humble beginnings, the UAE has become one of biggest passenger hubs in the world. Our airports and airlines are consistently ranked among the best internationally and the UAE is ranked as the top ICAO member state in compliance level with ICAO requirements under the USOAP Program,”said Mr. Al Suwaidi in his speech marking the occasion.


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