Organisation overview

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been at the forefront of the United Arab Emirates’ aviation sector since its inception in 1996. With a steadfast commitment to regulating civil aviation and providing top-tier aviation services, the GCAA upholds the highest standards of safety and security. This commitment has been a cornerstone in strengthening the aviation industry within the UAE and its airspace, marking a journey of considerable progress and innovation.

Vision: Aiming for a “safe, competitive, and sustainable civil aviation system,” the GCAA’s vision guides its strategies and actions towards a future where the UAE’s aviation sector leads globally in safety, competitiveness, and sustainability.

Mission: The GCAA’s mission is to foster a “robust and dynamic regulatory eco-system for the national aviation sector,” enabling its success and sustainability, thereby contributing to the UAE’s economic prosperity.

Values: At its core, the GCAA is driven by:

  • The People: Trusted and passionate talents who are the backbone of the Authority’s success.
  • The Mindset: A culture of creativity and agility in thinking and execution, paving the way for innovative solutions.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Regulatory Framework Development: Creating a regulatory environment that stimulates business and investment within the civil aviation sector.
  2. Global Positioning: Instilling a prominent global position for UAE civil aviation.
  3. Digital Transformation: Enhancing the digital transformation in the regulation and monitoring of the civil aviation sector.
  4. National Workforce Development: Developing competencies and a specialised national workforce in civil aviation.
  5. Safety and Security Management: Managing the security, safety, and air transport systems in civil aviation with utmost precision.
  6. Air Navigation Enhancement: Elevating air navigation capabilities to meet the demands of the growing aviation sector.
  7. Talent Attraction and Empowerment: Attracting the best talents and providing efficient, effective institutional services and digital infrastructure.
  8. Innovation Promotion: Fostering innovation practices based on flexibility, proactivity, and readiness within the work system.

Since 1996, the GCAA has embarked on bold initiatives such as the modernization of the air traffic management, radar equipment, and establishing new facilities to accommodate the growth of civil aviation within the UAE.

Member Information

Membership Type: Middle East Regional Office Membership

Director General: Mr. H. E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi

Country: United Arab Emirates

Telephone number: +971 (0)2 800 4466


Head office:

General Civil Aviation Authority
Khalifa City – Abu Dhabi



Middle East