Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, is launching six global aviation industry awards to acknowledge the “transformative effect” aviation has had on the UAE economy.

The triennial Global Aviation Awards will “celebrate the achievements of the aviation industry globally and acknowledge and promote the far-reaching impacts that aviation has on global trade thanks to the connectivity that it affords.”

They will focus on areas such as excellence in air transport infrastructure, compliance with safety and security standards, and cooperation and support among ICAO-contracting states, as well as the personal contributions of individuals and innovation.

The Award Scheme consists of six categories:

  • State with the most improved quality of aviation infrastructure
  • Outstanding global connectivity award
  • Outstanding resource contribution to ICAO programmes
  • Outstanding international cooperation programmes
  • Aviation personality of the triennium
  • Innovation award (encompassing aviation safety, security, sustainability, passenger experience)


H.E. Eng Sultan Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy and the Chairman of GCAA, said: “This is our humble effort to say ‘thank you’ to those who made a meaningful contribution in the development of our industry and by doing so, helped uplift the socio-economic wellbeing of millions of people around the world.

“We encourage you to participate by nominating an exceptional leader for his or her exemplary contribution to the industry, an organisation or individual for their creativity and innovation.”

H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the GCAA, added: “We believe that ICAO’s ‘No Country Left behind’ initiative presents an opportunity for an award scheme that rewards the development of the aviation industry across the board.”

The Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) Global Aviation Awards will coincide with the ICAO General Assembly, which is held once every three years in Montreal, Canada.

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