DCA calls for supplier forum

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation is in the process of creating an aviation forum to bring together suppliers and other significant players.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 30, 2003

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation is in the process of creating an aviation forum to bring together suppliers and other significant players in the development of the local aviation industry. The proposed forum is likely to be fully functional by the middle of next year. “The future of aviation in Dubai impacts a range of services and suppliers, and all need to interact with each other if we are to reach a consensus going forward,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates Airline. “With this forum, it is our strategic aim to bring together different aviation related organisations in Dubai in order to foster ties and promote the overall development of the industry,” Sheikh Ahmed added, while delivering the inaugural speech of the Dubai Aviation Forum. Recent investments in creating a modern aviation infrastructure in Dubai total more than US$30 billion. The investments are designed to transform the emirate into an international aviation hub and also to transform Dubai’s Emirates Airline into a global carrier, said Sheikh Ahmed. Dubai is spending US$26 billion on expansion of its fleet and another US$4.1 billion further development and expansion of its airport facilities. “Dubai has invested over US $30 billion, perhaps the single largest investment ever made, in the aviation industry,” said Sheikh Ahmed. “Our aviation industry in the new millennium is poised to reach the age of maturity,” he added.

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