Within the framework of strengthening the bonds of international relations and raise the competencies of staff, a team from UAE General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA) Corporate Communication Section paid a visit to the British capital to participate in a training program organized by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. The program aims to exchange expertise in the field of corporate communications and identify the best practices in the corporate communications department to enhance the mechanism of work and achieve desired strategic objectives.
The visit comes in line with a number of strategic objectives set by the General Authority of Civil Aviation for the period 2011-2013, which is to enhance the efficiency of UAE nationals at technical and administrative level and to promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge between regional civil aviation bodies and international organizations.
HE Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, said that "GCAA continuously seeks to enhance the expertise of national cadres through scholarship and training programs." "Investment in human resources is one of the priorities of the GCAA and it is not only beneficial to us, but to the aviation sector as a whole"
The training program for each of Ms. Ruqayya Al Belooshi, Corporate Communication Manager, and Ms. Maitha Bin Owqad, Senior Events Executive, was prepared by UK CAA. It covered a variety of subjects like management awareness campaigns, dealing with the press, means of developing the website and social networking pages, as well as ways of strengthening ties and communication between the various sectors of the civil aviation authority.
Ms. Laila Ali Bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Executive Director of Strategy and International Affairs, explained the reasons behind choosing UK Civil Aviation Authority for the training saying that UAE GCAA and UK CAA has been collaborating through several programs in the past and that she is confident that the British colleagues are capable of providing new horizons for GCAA delegation.
Ms. Ruqayya Al Belooshi, Corporate Communication Manager, said: "It’s important to be exposed to international organizations such as CAA and maximize our knowledge on the international best practices, where we can bring back this experience home and implement them.”
GCAA delegation had a chance to visit the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) center to explore the communication section role in promoting air navigation services (ANS) and air traffic controllers. GCAA possesses one of the most air navigation centers in the region and employs local experts in ANS.