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'Women In Aviation' General Assembly In Dubai To Boost Women's Participation
April 03, 2017 19:25 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) -- Eminent international women leaders from the aviation industry will converge at the second Women in Aviation General Assembly in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on May 15 to promote higher women's participation in the Middle East's robust aviation sector.

Hosted by Airport Show 2017, the General Assembly and Student Career Orientation Programme, is organised in partnership with Women in Aviation (Middle East Chapter) and will involve participation of aviation experts of international acclaim and over 200 people.

The forum will help connect government and private companies, which are keen on hiring women, with aspiring professionals in the aviation sector, Airport Show 2017 said in statement today.

It said that with women constituting over 60 per cent of Arab countries' science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates (according to UNESCO), the forum is taking active measures to enhance their participation in the Middle East's robust and rapidly growing aviation sector.

This sector contributes over US$157.2 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) and generates over 2.4 million jobs.

In Dubai, alone, the aviation sector is estimated to contribute 37.5 per cent to its GDP and support over 750,000 jobs by 2020.

Assistant Director General-Aviation Strategies and International Affairs at General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Laila Hareb, said that women in the UAE are making their mark across all sectors.

She also said that the Middle East has no shortage of talent and that the event would be a perfect opportunity for the industry to tap into the talent pool and, for those aspiring to be a part of this sector, to avail of the opportunity.

Meanwhile, Women in Aviation Middle East co-founder and president, Mervat Sultan, said that the region was quickly becoming the global hub for aviation and women will have a huge role to play in this growing sector.

The 'Arab Women in Aviation' conference is supported by key industry stakeholders, including Sky Prime Aviation as Platinum Sponsors, Mubadala and Strata as Silver Sponsors and Boeing, Etihad Airways Engineering, Commercial Bank International, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Royal Jet, Maximus Air, MSI Aircraft Maintenance Services and Air Navigation Services of Sweden as the event's General Assembly Sponsors.

The first Women in Aviation general asembly held last year was a record success with major participation from women professionals across the aviation sector such as pilots, engineers, managers and training and recruitment professionals.

Airport Show 2017 is held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group from May 15-17.


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