The aviation, tourism and hospitality domains are those in which countries look to solidify as a mark of proclaiming their presence in the biggest of economic stages in the world. Predominantly the most developed countries in the world are regarded to be pioneering leaders in the aviation sector, creating unprecedented commercial avenues and thereby opening up more opportunities within its ever-widening spectrum. UAE has similarly emerged as a significant player in the aviation industry. The UAE’s aviation sector is expected to contribute $53 billion (Dh194.5 billion) the country’s economy by 2020, providing up to 750,000 jobs. According to industry experts, in the next 20 years, the UAE’s aviation sector is expected to stand next to that of the US and China. UAE will need more than 55,000 pilots and 62,000 technicians in the same period as a result of its growing aviation industry.
According to a forecast by aviation think-tank Capa, UAE passenger traffic is expected to jump from over 101 million in 2014 to 160-170 million per annum by 2020, making the UAE the world’s busiest airport system.
With the strong expansion of the local carriers Emirates, Flydubai, Air Arabia and Etihad Airways, UAE airports have been expanding their capacities to accommodate the growing inflow of passengers. Dubai International handled record 70.5 million passengers last year, becoming the largest airport by international passengers worldwide. It expects to reach 79 million this year. Dubai was closely followed by Abu Dhabi and Sharjah which are expected to het 50 per cent and 12 per cent passenger traffic growth, respectively.
Dubai’s progress over the years has been remarkable to become the world-class centre of aviation. Dubai is exemplary of the heights that can be reached when governments fully support aviation and understand its potential to be a powerful driver of social and economic progress
Capa reckons that Dubai’s two airports – Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport – will handle between 98.5 million to 103.5 million passengers by 2020. As an aviation hub, Dubai has already surpassed some traditional hubs like Amsterdam, Singapore or Hong Kong and is set to rival the largest international markets such as Tokyo, London, New York and Paris which handle more than 100 million passengers or more per year across multiple airports. The two airports are also expected to overtake Atlanta and Beijing by 2020, making it the biggest aviation hub in the world.
While the aviation industry is at an all time high in the UAE, the hospitality and travel sector is equally dynamic.The UAE’s hospitality sector especially hotels particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will continue to attract investments this year as the industry outlook remains positive, according to analysts. Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to retain the lion’s share of total tourist arrivals in the country as well as hotel room inventory.
The booming hotel industry is driving the country’s jobs market as operators race to increase capacity ahead of the Dubai Expo 2020.Recruitment activity in the hospitality