The United Arab Emirates, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority, won the membership of the Executive Council of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAC) during the 24th General Assembly Meeting held in Rabat, Morocco, on Wednesday 9 May 2018, and received 17 votes out of 20.
Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said: "We in the UAE are always keen to promote joint Arab action in the aviation industry and the Arab Civil Aviation Organization. We are still supporting this organization and we will work with the President of the Executive Council elected to support The strategic and administrative plans of the Organization and the upgrading of the Arab and global aviation sector, and we are proud of this win, which strengthens the fact that the UAE is the main engine in this sector at the Gulf and Arab levels. And, we work together to upgrade and support the Arab countries to reach a global prestige in this dynamic sector position and wished happiness all the best general manager of the new team HE Eng Abdul Nabi Manar from the Kingdom of Morocco in office. "The strong growth achieved by the civil aviation sector in the UAE in recent years reflects the pivotal role of aviation in supporting the diversification of the national economy, the GCAA expects that the sector will continue to grow in the coming years as one of the main components of the post-oil economy”.
The strong growth achieved by the civil aviation sector in the UAE in recent years will positively reflect on the pivotal role of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization in supporting and diversifying the economies of the Arab countries, expecting that the Arab aviation sector will continue its growth in the coming years as one of the main components of the Gross Domestic Product, for each Arab country.
It is worth mentioning that the General Civil Aviation Authority seeks, within its current and future plans, to develop cooperation frameworks in the field of air transport between it and other countries and to support the increase in air traffic. The UAE is signing new bilateral agreements or updating memorandums of understanding, which include an operational framework agreed upon on the basis of regulatory provisions to keep abreast of developments in the air transport industry, in accordance with the directives aimed at further growth and development of this vital economic stream.
The Executive Council of the Arab Civil Aviation Authority is composed of 9 countries. Moreover, 15 of the 20 Arab countries that constitute the General Assembly of the Commission, which have the right to vote, competed for these nine seats.