Airport expansion to support Sharjah's growth plans, says Oxford Business Group
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Posted: Mon October 30, 2017 12:49 pm

UAE. Sharjah’s plans to boost regional connectivity were high on the agenda at a meeting held recently between Sheikh Khalid bin Issam Al Qassimi, chairman of the emirate’s Department of Civil Aviation, and a team from Oxford Business Group (OBG).

Sheikh Khalid told OBG that given its firm foundations, the local aviation industry was well placed to help boost inbound tourism and support the emirate’s businesses.

“Sharjah has traffic rights to 161 countries. However, only 21% of them are currently being utilised,” he said. “This provides Sharjah's aviation sector with huge growth potential.” 

The emirate’s new airspace structure, which will be implemented in early December, was another key topic of discussion at the meeting. Devised with the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, the redesign had become a priority for Sharjah, due to the increase in traffic in the UAE’s airspace, which is among the busiest in the world. 

“The design will provide separate entry gateways, holding points and flight pathways into the UAE’s airports and allow for further growth,” Sheikh Khalid explained. The number of airspace gateways for Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be increased under the new design, which separates air traffic into the U.A.E’s airports. 

On the subject of safety and security at Sharjah International Airport, Sheikh Khalid told OBG’s team that the department was taking steps to modernise the facility where necessary as part of a broader bid to improve its classification. The airport is currently classified as a category II facility and operating at near capacity.

Sheikh Khalid told OBG that the aim is to take the airport’s classification up a band to category III. “To achieve this, we are undertaking several projects, including the renovation of our air traffic control tower and the installation of improved lighting, navigational aids and ground movement radar,” he said.

OBG’s representatives met Sheikh Khalid as part of their research for The Report: Sharjah 2018, the global research and consultancy firm’s forthcoming publication on the emirate’s economy.

In its coverage of Sharjah’s aviation industry, the report will look in detail at the expansion plans for the emirate’s airport and its implications for tourism, industry and also logistics, given the facility’s proximity to the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone.

The Report: Sharjah 2018 will be a vital guide to the many facets of the emirate, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments. The publication will contain a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for investors, alongside contributions from leading personalities. The report will be available in print and online.

Photo Captions:
1. (above)   Owain Richards, Editorial Manager (left); H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Issam Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation (center); Rosa Piro, Country Director (right)
2. (inset)  For illustrative purposes only (File photo)

About Oxford Business Group
Oxford Business Group is a global research and consultancy company with a presence in over 30 countries, from the Middle East, Asia and Africa to the Americas. A distinctive and respected provider of on-the-ground intelligence on many of the world’s fastest growing markets, OBG has offices in London, Berlin, Dubai and Istanbul, and a network of local bureaus across the countries in which we operate. 

The Report: Sharjah 2018 will be produced with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

Through its range of products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, tourism, energy, transport, industry and ICT. OBG provides business intelligence to its subscribers through multiple platforms: Economic News and Views, OBG Business Barometer - CEO Survey, Roundtables and conferences, Global Platform - exclusive video interviews, The Report publications and its Consultancy division. 

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