Emirates collaborates with GCAA to enhance training for engineering staff

Emirates and DGCA staff.
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Emirates has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA) commercial and training arm, the International Aviation Consulting and Training (IACT).

The partnership, which was announced at the Dubai Air Show, will enhance the training landscape for employees within Emirates’ engineering departments.

Emirates has moved forward with further developing its engineering and maintenance sector in recent weeks; having announced its plan for a major new engineering facility valued at USD $950 million.

Developing the Engineering workforce

The MoU, a testament to collaboration and commitment, was officially signed by His Excellency Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director General of UAE GCAA, and Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer.

This strategic alliance is designed to curate tailor-made training solutions, ensuring the continuous development of Emirates’ engineering workforce.


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Under this agreement, both parties are set to facilitate comprehensive training programs. The synergy between Emirates and GCAA’s IACT will unfold at the GCAA’s International Aviation Consulting and Training facility and Emirates’ state-of-the-art engineering center.

The goal is clear – to nurture a talent pool of skilled aviation professionals, aligning with the UAE government’s directives and fostering excellence in the aviation industry.

H.E Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi emphasized, “This MoU underscores our joint commitment to ensuring excellence and safety in aviation.”

“This cooperation is in line with the UAE government’s directives to collaborate with stakeholders to combine our strengths and achieve our common objectives more effectively and efficiently.”

Adel Al Redha echoed these sentiments, stating, “This new MoU will further enhance the longstanding partnership between Emirates and GCAA, as both parties join resources to build a talent pool of competent and highly-skilled aviation professionals.”

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Tailored Compliance

One of the key aspects of this collaboration is ensuring Emirates’ unwavering compliance with the dynamic changes in GCAA’s regulations.

The International Aviation Consulting and Training (IACT) will provide customized training for Emirates’ employees in technical areas and certifications.

These include GCAA General Civil Aviation airworthiness regulations, Manufacturing, Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC), Maintenance Organisation Review Certificate (MORC), Post Holders, and Compliance Monitoring.

Emirates and IACT will work hand in hand to identify innovative approaches, setting new benchmarks in Emirates’ Engineering training standards.

This partnership seeks to equip the airline’s employees with additional tools that not only meet regulatory requirements but also support their individual career development.

State-of-the-Art Training Methodologies

Emirates Engineering Training, boasting approvals for both EASA and GCAA, utilizes cutting-edge training tools and digital learning platforms.

The Distance Learning Training Synchronous (DLS) methodology is employed for basic GCAA training, ensuring flexibility and effectiveness in the rapidly evolving aviation industry.


At Emirates Engineering, the emphasis on quality is unparalleled. Aircraft maintenance and engineering work are predominantly executed in-house, thanks to an experienced workforce fully qualified to manage all facets of maintenance, engineering, quality, planning, and logistics.

Setting high benchmarks for the industry, employees also extend their expertise to support the fleets of thirty other airlines through third-party maintenance contracts at the Emirates engineering facility.

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