Present at the meeting were representatives of Arab Civil Aviation authorities in Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Yemen as well as representatives of Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) and Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
Eng. Mariam Al Baloushi, Environment Director at GCAA and UAE’s representative, was elected as chairman of the Committee and Eng. Abdulilah, Saudi representative, was elected as vice-chairman.
At the meeting, Eng. Al Baloushi reviewed the most significant challenges facing the local environment in relation to civil aviation, elements which need to be taken into consideration, and the necessity to establish laws and regulations to deal with such challenges and help a sustainable environment.
Juan Carlos, GCAA’s air transport advisor, reviewed the global environmental issues in relation to gas emissions and the relevant meetings held by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the results thereof.
Omar bin Ghalib, Deputy Director General, GCAA, said on this occasion, “The selection of the UAE to chair this important committee enhances GCAA’s leading environmental role and efforts to set advanced legislations and standards to serve the civil aviation sector in this respect”.
On her part, Eng. Al Baloushi said, “Witnessing an increasing growth in civil aviation and a constant movement of planes, the UAE considers environmental issues as top priority and would like to share experiences with other Arab states in this area.”
Al Baloushi indicated there will be cooperation with ICAO as she was chosen to be the first UAE woman to get training at ICAO’s environment department located at the headquarters of the organization in Montreal.
She will receive intensive training for three months in order to get familiar with global procedures and set a work strategy suitable for future requirements.
When we choose to look away for good, we are as complicit as those at the helm of this atrocity
Over 100 people in Lebanon have been reported killed during the hostilities started on October 7