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Dubai revamps civil aviation with two new agencies

Dubai: Dubai Government has revamped the emirate’s civil aviation sector by establishing the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) that will replace the Department of Civil Aviation, a statement said yesterday.

The Department of Civil Aviation, which operated Dubai International Airport for the last 47 years played a pioneering role in building it as the region’s biggest aviation hub, will cease to exist.

The move comes at a time when the Jebel Ali airport is being developed to cater to 130 million passengers a year, making it the world’s biggest greenfield airport development.

In another statement, the government also set up the Dubai City of Aviation – an umbrella organisation that incorporates the Dubai Airports Company, Dubai World Central, Dubai Air Traffic Navigation and others – all aviation-related assets of Dubai.


“His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today issued a decree establishing the Dubai City of Aviation, comprising the Dubai Airports, Dubai World Central, and Dubai Air Traffic Navigation,” the statement said.

The law directs newly formed entities under the Dubai City of Aviation to conform to international conventions in civil aviation and meteorology services, as well as determining and monitoring international air routes within Dubai’s air space.

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