United Arab Emirates sets up permanent representation at ICAO's Montreal HQ

    Commitment to 'open sky' policy, safety & security efforts stressed

    MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW/ - The United Arab Emirates today announced the
establishment of permanent representation at the headquarters of the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal.
    Officials also used the occasion to underline the UAE's continuing
commitment to its 'open sky' policy, upgrading aviation facilities to
world-class standards and support for international efforts to enhance safety
and security in the aviation industry. A high-level delegation from the UAE
made the announcement at news conference.
    Officials highlighted the vital role played by the country's burgeoning
air transport sector and its importance in achieving long-term development
objectives of UAE businesses and of the UAE's thriving tourism industry.
    Officials also made an announcement on an aviation exhibition, organized
by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) at the premises of the ICAO's
headquarters from 4th - 8th June 2007, to showcase the unprecedented growth in
the UAE's aviation sector that makes it one of the world's fastest growing
aviation sectors.
    Exhibitors represent key aviation establishments in the seven-emirate
federation, such as the General Civil Aviation Authority, Abu Dhabi Airports
Company, Dubai Civil Aviation, Dubai Aerospace Enterprises, Emirates airline
and Etihad Airways.
    The exhibition was inaugurated by H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the
Minister of Development of Government Sector and Chairman of GCAA. He was
accompanied by UAE ambassador in Ottawa, HE Hassan Al Suwaidi, the Director
General of GCAA, H.E Mohammed Ghanim al Ghaith, the UAE representative to
ICAO, Mr. Jalal Haidar and a number of senior officials.
    Mr. Al Mansouri, said: "The UAE civil aviation is moving forward in its
efforts to strengthen its infrastructure and establish an integrated aviation
industry. Our commitment to the 'open sky' policy means that more than 100
airlines connect through our airports. Air traffic in the UAE shows a robust
10 percent annual growth rate". A total 113 international air carriers operate
into UAE airports, linking 194 cities around the globe and carrying 39 million
passengers annually.
    The UAE has long been a strong supporter of the liberalization of the air
transport sector, as the industry shows great potential to offer new and
improved services and proves to be a catalyst for growth and economic
development and the creation of job opportunities.
    Officials said the UAE is committed to continuing its close cooperation
with the ICAO to improve aviation safety and security standards worldwide
through the Organization's programmes.

    Notes to the Editor:

    -   The UAE has so far signed 85 air services agreements and 30 bilateral
    -   The UAE boasts 391,000, ATC movements in 2005, and that is expected
        to increase to 770,000 by 2013 (10 per cent increase annually).
    -   A $ 27,000,000,00 Area Control Centre in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi,
        making it the largest in the region.
    -   The Dubai International Airport is undergoing a $4 billion expansion
        programme, to handle 70 million passengers annually. Current capacity
        is 25 millions passengers per annum. The airport is expected to
        become a leading global long-haul hub.
    -   New Dubai World Central Airport, the largest in the world, will be
        capable of handling 120 million passengers per annum, and 12 million
        tons of cargo. It has been designed to support aviation, tourism,
        commercial and logistics until 2050 and is being built at a cost of
        US$33 billion
    -   Abu Dhabi International Airport is undergoing a US$ 6.8 billion
        expansion to handle over 40 million passengers per annum. A new
        interim terminal will be completed in April 2008, and a midfield
        terminal by 2010, bringing the total capacity to 20 million
        passengers by 2010.
    -   Dubai-based Emirates airline has a fleet of 105 wide-body aircraft,
        with current order book for 107 new aircraft, including 50 A380s.
        Emirates will be the largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft by
        2010, and the largest operator of Boeing 747 freighters. Emirates is
        serving a total of 89 international destinations, covering all five
    -   Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, established in 2003, currently flies
        to 42 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa,
        Asia and Australia. By the end of 2007 the airline will operate a
        fleet of 33 aircraft. It operates 3 weekly non-stop flights from Abu
        Dhabi - Toronto using the A340.
    -   About Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) DAE is a global aerospace,
        manufacturing and services corporation made up of six divisions - DAE
        Capital, DAE Manufacturing, DAE Airports, DAE University, DAE
        Engineering and DAE Services. Headquartered in Dubai, the group will
        grow through a series of phased developments to produce an integrated
        aerospace cluster, based at Dubai World Central - the new 140 square
        kilometer airport and logistics city being constructed in Jebel Ali,
        Dubai. It is forming international partnerships at the highest level
        of industry with the aim of establishing one of the most innovative
        and successful businesses in the global aerospace industry inside the
        next decade.
        DAE's shareholders include EMAAR, ISTITHMAR, Dubai Airport Free Zone
        Authority (DAFZA), Dubai International Capital, Dubai International
        Financial Centre, the Government of Dubai and AMLAK Finance.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Jalal Haidar, uae@icao.int; Ms. Hanan
Moussa, hmoussa@gcaa.ae; Ms. Mary Heron, Mary.Heron@emirates.com; Mr. Pauli
Karbach, pkarbach@etihad.ae; Ms. Sarah Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy@emirates.com

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