By Gavin Davids
MoU first step in GCAS's commitment to dedicated training services and facilities across the ME.
Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs (BCAA) and the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Saturday, Jan 23, at the Bahrain International Air show.
The MoU is regarded as one of the first steps in GCAS’s commitment to offering dedicated training services and facilities to the aviation industry across the Middle East region.
The basis for the MoU was built on the already close relationships and complementary growth that the Gulf region’s states have adopted, which is geared towards taking an increasingly global role in the aviation business.
The aviation industry in the Middle East and Gulf region is growing at an unprecedented rate.
GCAS is meant to ensure that continuous training and development of specialised human resources are met, so as to provide structured growth for the aviation sector in that region.
Ahmed Nemat Ali Abdul Rahim, assistant undersecretary, Aviation Services, Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs, said: “Human resources are a critical element in the significant developments being realised across the aviation sector, in the region. This will enable the industry to grow and further serve the growing economies in the Gulf region.”
Ahmad Al Haddabi, senior vice president, Airport Operations, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, added: “This MoU is a great opportunity to be working with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s civil aviation entities and so further strengthen and commit to serving the growing educational, training, research and development needs of the regions aviation industry and its related activities.”
GCAS was established to provide the Gulf and Middle East region with a centre of excellence for aviation industry training.
The institution is a subsidiary of ADAC and is fully endorsed by the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE and the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
It has also developed working relationships with world leading aviation training organisations.
Haddabi said: “By partnering with key international organisations, and soon to be offering unique training capabilities at Al Bateen Executive Airprot, in Abu Dhabi, GCAS is confident it has the right model and relevant training curriculum to help shape and develop the next generation of airport, airline and aviation leaders.”