The second edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit 2020 (GIAS
2020), which is due to take place on January 27-29 at Madinat Jumeirah,
will see the participation of high-profile delegations and 10 ministers
representing international civil aviation authorities from more than 50
countries across the world.
The list of countries includes Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mexico,
Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Armenia, Austria, Jordan, Kuwait and
Algeria, among many other countries.
Organized by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) under the theme
“Enabling global aviation growth through fundraising and key partnerships”,
the 2020 edition will feature an array of insightful panel discussions
highlighting the industry’s potential and future opportunities as well as
challenges that lie ahead.
The sessions will bring together a stellar galaxy of top industry speakers,
experts and business leaders, to share their expertise and experiences as
well as to make the best use of this global platform to examine the current
economic situation and opportunities available in the aviation and air
The list of official speakers comprises a number of high-profile officials and
economic figures, notably H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister
of Economy and Chairman of General Civil Aviation Authority, H.E Dr.
Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi, CEO of the Securities and Commodities
Authority (SCA), and Captain Yahya Al Bloushi, General Manager of
Fujairah Aviation Academy.
Speakers also include Adel Mardini, CEO of GETEX; Alex Leigh, Airport
Investment Specialist at International Finance Corporation at World Bank;
Rajesh Arora, CEO of GMR Airports; Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating
An officer at Dubai Duty-Free; Sonja Strand, Vice President of Honeywell; and
Fundi Sithebe, Chief Executive Officer of Airports Company South Africa.
Day one of GIAS 2020 will see two ministerial sessions titled “World
Leaders: Vision and Strategies for Growth, Sustainability, and Better
Aviation”. The three-day summit will also include an array of panel
discussions, including a session titled “Success Factors for Airport
Investments”, and another one titled “Leading the Investment in Aviation,
Where are the next challenges?”, and a session titled “Woman
Entrepreneurship in Aviation: Global Leaders and their Visions”, among
With its unique qualities characterizing its seven emirates, the UAE is an
the ideal place to showcase the most prominent investment opportunities
offered by the aviation and air transport industry. The UAE is one of the
leading players in the aviation industry, which apparently evidenced by the
the overwhelming presence of the international aviation community in the
GIAS 2020 is an inspiring global platform that highlights the UAE’s
internationally- recognized standing and economic position as well as a
the main venue for major economic events. It also introduces investors to
business opportunities offered by the sector that meet their growing
aspirations for their business growth and expansion.