Learning & Development

We believe that in order to become the world’s leading airports group while contributing to Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, we must invest in our people and ensure that UAE Nationals continue to play a leadership role within the organisation.

Prioritising Emiratisation

At Abu Dhabi Airports, we see Emiratisation as integral to our sustainable growth and development plan, and recruitment and retention of UAE National talent as vital to our success.

To achieve this, we have implemented a comprehensive Emiratisation programme which extends to a wide spectrum of roles across our portfolio of airports and subsidiaries.

  • Our goal is to achieve an Emiratisation rate of 50% by the end of 2015. 
  • Our current Emiratisation level of 63% within our senior management and executive team is testament to this commitment.


We are strengthening the presence and contribution of Emiratis in the aviation industry by enabling access to our sophisticated training framework.

Our Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), a centre of excellence for airport and aviation training, is focused largely on developing Emirati talent in aviation. GCAS introduces Emiratis to job opportunities at organisations and bodies in the aviation industry spanning:

  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Cargo management
  • Regulatory/civil aviation
  • Safety and security
  • Aviation law.

Through GCAS and its partnerships with government organisations, we reinforce our position as an employer of choice for Emiratis.

Al Eqla’a

GCAS recently launched Al Eqla’a, a training programme aligned with:

1. The Absher government initiative for training and employing UAE Nationals
2. The Tawteen and Executive Council objectives.

This innovative 18-month programme is fully sponsored by Abu Dhabi Airports.

Upon graduation, students will have the opportunity to become a full time employee at Abu Dhabi Airports in their field of their choice.

ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation
We recently celebrated the graduation of 16 managers, eleven of whom were UAE Nationals, from the global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP), approved by the ICAO and the University of Toulouse for Business Administration in France.

This was the largest group of graduates from airports around the world offering the same programme.