Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) Partners with EANAN for Advancing Air Mobility in the UAE

Published: Monday, November 20, 2023

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with EANAN, a UAE technology company leading the next evolutionary step in transportation through advanced air mobility (AAM), underlining a shared commitment to advancing air mobility through research and development (R&D) initiatives in the UAE.

The strategic partnership aims to provide a formal basis for R&D work between the parties, ensuring the highest level of aviation safety & security of unmanned heavy cargo and vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in Dubai by improving the regulatory framework for innovative unmanned aerial vehicles.

It will also create a dedicated area for testing various flight modes of innovative unmanned aerial vehicles and support the development of the aviation industry in Dubai through various collaborations.

The signing was in attendance of H.E. Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, CEO of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and H.E. Rashid Hamdan Bin Khadim Al Nuaimi, Chairman, EANAN and was between Ahmad Ali Belqazi, Executive Director Aviation Safety & Environment Sector, DCAA & Ali Al Ameemi, CEO EANAN Aviation.

H.E. Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, CEO of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority said, “In response to the growing significance of unmanned aerial vehicles in aviation, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has introduced a comprehensive legal framework through Law No. (4) of 2020 to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles operations in Dubai, U.A.E. The DCAA oversees the implementation of these provisions, focusing on airspace for unmanned aerial vehicles activities, approving air routes, and vetting operators, aircraft commanders, observers, and crew members. Additionally, the DCAA plays a pivotal role in establishing and endorsing standards for unmanned aerial vehicles operations, and conducting trials, all aimed at ensuring a compliant integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into the airspace, aligned with international aviation standards.”

Ahmad Ali Belqazi, Executive Director Aviation Safety & Environment Sector, DCAA emphasized, “We are thrilled to work with EANAN to jointly advance air mobility in the UAE. Through this partnership we will reaffirm our full commitment to fostering the Emirate’s vision of becoming a leading aviation hub, particularly with a home-grown eVTOL company.”

Ali Al Ameemi, CEO EANAN Aviation said, “Through our strategic partnership with DCAA, EANAN is committed to enhancing aviation safety, fostering innovation, research and development and delivering technological solutions. This aligns with our commitment to supporting the UAE’s ambition to become an innovation hub and a global leader in AAM.”

Paving the way for knowledge exchange, the DCAA and EANAN will work together to develop and implement workshops, as well as specialized training programs. These programs will support the growth of the aviation industry, covering areas such as operational risk management, aviation safety, unmanned aircraft technology, navigation, data analysis, flight operations, aviation security, and personnel licensing.

With DCAA’s industry expertise and EANAN’s advanced solutions, both parties will drive economic transformation in the UAE and make transportation more accessible, efficient, and environmentally friendly.