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By Web Report

Published: Sat 5 Oct 2019, 6:41 AM

Last updated: Sat 5 Oct 2019, 2:14 PM

UAE's telecom companies on Saturday changed their network names to 'AviationDay' to mark a special occasion in the history of UAE's aviation history.

Recently, the UAE was elected for the fifth consecutive time to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, Council, representing a new qualitative achievement that reflects the country's leading position among major players in the global aviation sector.

The UAE celebrates the annual Civil Aviation Day on October 5, which coincides with the anniversary of the first aircraft to land at Al Mahatta Airport in Sharjah in 1932.

Today, the UAE's national carriers (Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, AirArabia) fly to 108 countries and 224 cities around the world, and the country's civil aviation sector is supported by 8,752 pilots, 37,972 flight crew, 4,472 engineers, 352 air transporters, 49 maintenance centres, 18 specialist medical centres and 56 training and consulting centres.

The value of the UAE's investments in the aviation sector amounted to $270 billion, while the number of international companies that operate aircraft in Emirati airports is 1,048.

According to the ICAO, the UAE is ranked first globally in terms of both aviation safety and aviation security standards, as well as in terms of air transport infrastructure, according to the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the Administrative Development Institute.
Even Emirates posted a special video on social media to celebrate UAE's thriving aviation industry.

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Together we are united in our journey to take the UAE to new heights in global aviation. Happy #UAECivilAviationDay!
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Future Emirati initiatives in the areas of aviation and space include launching the first Arab Emirati satellite, adopting a law regulating the space sector, and the launch of the flying taxi service.

The UAE's civil aviation sector accomplishment key achievements in the manufacturing sector through Strata - an Al Ain-based plane parts manufacturer - with the logo, 'Made in the UAE'. The country's first aircraft engine factory will be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi in 2022, in cooperation with Rolls Royce.

The UAE is supporting education and providing training in the aviation sector through the Emirates Aviation University, which is the first and largest aviation training programme of its kind.

(with inputs from Wam)

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