Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi attends 2024 edition of Arab Aviation Summit

28 February 2024

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, affirmed that the aviation industry is a fundamental pillar for achieving comprehensive development and a vital tributary for promoting economic growth and building a better and more sustainable future for next generations.

He made this statement while attending the 11th Arab Aviation Summit (AAS), the region’s leading aviation and tourism industry event, taking place at Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Ras Al Khaimah.

Held under the theme ‘Exploring The Future of Travel’, the summit, which is being hosted by the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for the fourth consecutive year, drew the participation of a large number of officials and experts in the travel and tourism sectors locally, regionally and internationally.

His Highness said, “Ras Al Khaimah is keen to strengthen joint work in order to envision a sustainable future for the aviation and tourism sectors in the UAE, the Arab region and the world, and to move towards broader horizons of cooperation and build strong partnerships to achieve prosperity and development. The emirate also seeks to consolidate the concept of sustainability and innovation in visions, strategies and tourism plans, by encouraging investments and adopting legislations and policies that achieve a balance between economic and tourism growth and sustainability, in line with global environmental and social standards, and draw the features of a better future for humanity.”

His Highness added, “The summit is a platform for exchanging ideas and visions and discussing the opportunities and challenges facing this vital sector. We are pleased to host this leading event for its importance in promoting integration and cohesion that contributes to driving the wheel of growth and development in the aviation and tourism sectors in the UAE and the Arab world as they are two of the most prominent drivers of comprehensive development.”

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr pointed out that achieving sustainability in the aviation sector requires continuous efforts through building effective and permanent partnerships between the public and private sectors on the one hand, and investors and international tourism organisations on the other hand, in a way that supports the growth and progress of this sector and achieves its development goals in tourist countries.

The summit, which is organised in partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, discusses growth and partnership opportunities in the aviation sector amidst a challenging environment, with the participation of senior decision-makers representing various segments of the sector.

The summit’s agenda includes discussions on the most prominent global trends, operational stability, the impact of technological advancement, and the increasing focus on sustainability to promote the growth of the sector in the Arab world, in addition to delivering a number of keynote speeches, and holding panel discussions and dialogues that highlight the drivers of growth as Arab airlines continue to expand their fleets and international networks and strengthen aviation hubs in the region.

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