HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi

Director General, General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE

Chairman of Arab Civil Aviation Commission Council

HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi was appointed as Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in April 2008. Prior to joining the GCAA, Al Suwaidi, a career air force veteran as pilot, held several senior positions in the UAE Air Force, including his last tour as Director of Air Force Operations.

Upon his graduation from flying school in Abu Dhabi as a helicopter pilot in 1983, Al Suwaidi started his career as a pilot in the UAE Air Force. He held several positions in the Air Force Headquarters, until he was assigned as Director of Operation in 2006. Al Suwaidi obtained a law degree from Beirut Arab University in Lebanon in 2004. He was re-appointed as Chairman of Arab Civil Aviation Commission Council in May 2012. He is married and has two sons and two daughters.

The GCAA, the federal regulatory agency of the UAE, is primarily responsible for aviation safety, security, regulation of civil aviation for overseeing the development of air traffic control system in the UAE airspace and air transport agreements. As the sole agency in the UAE charged with controlling security measures at airports and companies, GCAA works in close co-operation with other security agencies including the police in the UAE. The agency is governed by a Board of Directors which represents the UAE aviation community.