United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi - Nov 10 - 2009 : Peole work at the new Air Traffic Control Centre in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Centre.  ( Jaime Puebla / The National) *** Local Caption ***  JP Sheikh Zayed Centre 03.jpg
The new air traffic control centre in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Centre, cost Dh300 million.

Carriers pursue passage to India



Aviation officials are pressing India and Pakistan to give Emirati airlines more landing slots to ensure new source markets for their rapidly growing fleets. Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, flydubai and Air Arabia have all pinned their expansion plans on carrying more travellers from the subcontinent to the Gulf, Europe and North America.

"They are growing and we also have new airlines starting," Saif al Suwaidi, the director general of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said during a tour of the new Dh300 million (US$81.6m) air traffic control facility in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Centre. "We need to find a market for the aircraft they are ordering." India was one of eight nations the UAE met at the Conference for Air Service Negotiations in Istanbul last month, a type of speed-dating event for countries to hold preliminary talks with a variety of other countries over a short amount of time.

Over the three-day event, officials also met Turkey, Korea, Norway, France, Fiji, Bangladesh, Zambia, Ethiopia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dominican Republic. The talks between the UAE and India went well and more concrete negotiations would happen shortly, Mr al Suwaidi said. "We have been promised there will be more talks soon and we are waiting for that," he added. The UAE is one of only a few countries to follow an "Open Skies" policy, or allowing unlimited access by foreign carriers into UAE airspace and airports, which helped drive the development of its aviation sector as more than 130 foreign carriers fly to UAE airports.

Later this month, the civil aviation body will meet the Somali government to forge an air services accord. Last year, the UAE signed new agreements with several nations, including Iran. That accord allows UAE airlines up to 215 weekly flights to five Iranian cities, a 50 per cent increase from existing allotments. But some governments, for reasons such as propping up ailing national carriers by protecting them from competition, have more restrictive rules for foreign carriers. The UAE hopes to speak with some of these countries, which include Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The UAE has 41 open sky agreements with other nations and has signed 126 air service agreements, the GCAA said. "We are hoping for more open sky agreements, this is our ultimate goal," Mr al Suwaidi said. "Sometime it is very difficult for them to accept this due to their own considerations, but if we are not given that kind of right, then we look for more traffic rights." The UAE has seen daily aircraft movements rise dramatically since 1986, when the Government first began tracking the data, from 342 daily average movements to more than 1,650.

As a result of the growth, the UAE has begun to plan for an even busier airspace in the future and this week held a tour of its new air traffic control centre, which will be able to handle the next two decades of airline growth, with positions for 76 air traffic controllers and the capacity to oversee two million flights per year. In addition, new equipment and systems will enable the GCAA to begin assisting airports in Dubai and Sharjah to manage aircraft descents for landings, officials said.

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He has officiated weddings of Sikhs and people of different faiths from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Russia, the US and Canada

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Plays golf once a week

Enjoys trying new holiday destinations with his wife and family

Walks for an hour every morning

Completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Loyola College, Chennai, India

2019 is a milestone because he completes 50 years in business

 

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Anxiety and work stress major factors

Anxiety, work stress and social isolation are all factors in the recogised rise in mental health problems.

A study UAE Ministry of Health researchers published in the summer also cited struggles with weight and illnesses as major contributors.

Its authors analysed a dozen separate UAE studies between 2007 and 2017. Prevalence was often higher in university students, women and in people on low incomes.

One showed 28 per cent of female students at a Dubai university reported symptoms linked to depression. Another in Al Ain found 22.2 per cent of students had depressive symptoms - five times the global average.

It said the country has made strides to address mental health problems but said: “Our review highlights the overall prevalence of depressive symptoms and depression, which may long have been overlooked."

Prof Samir Al Adawi, of the department of behavioural medicine at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, who was not involved in the study but is a recognised expert in the Gulf, said how mental health is discussed varies significantly between cultures and nationalities.

“The problem we have in the Gulf is the cross-cultural differences and how people articulate emotional distress," said Prof Al Adawi. 

“Someone will say that I have physical complaints rather than emotional complaints. This is the major problem with any discussion around depression."

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Ahmad El Sayed is Senior Associate at Charles Russell Speechlys, a law firm headquartered in London with offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong.

Experience: Commercial litigator who has assisted clients with overseas judgments before UAE courts. His specialties are cases related to banking, real estate, shareholder disputes, company liquidations and criminal matters as well as employment related litigation. 

Education: Sagesse University, Beirut, Lebanon, in 2005.


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