Ahmed Al Haddabi

Abu Dhabi Airports, UAE


UAE National Ahmad Al Haddabi is Abu Dhabi Airports Company Chief Operating Officer. He is currently responsible for determining the adequacy of measures in the operations of all of the company’s operated airports in respect to compliance, safety, security, environmental performance and cost effectiveness.

The 40 year old aviation safety veteran has more than 18 years of experience in airworthiness, flight operations, safety management, airline and airport security, airport certification, aircraft accident, incident prevention and investigation. His expertise also extends to air transport bilateral negotiations, technical and administrative management of civil aviation. He has sound knowledge of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) methodologies and annexes for regulating international civil aviation and he is familiar with the Chicago convention, and other various international protocols.

In the past ten years, Al Haddabi has played a key role in the development of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). He also contributed to the establishment of the ICAO’s Continuing Airworthiness Programs in the UAE, setting up of the UAE ICAO headquarters in Canada, strategic preparation for ICAO seat election in 2007, which resulted in UAE nomination and election to the ICAO council. He also supervised the compliance of the ICAO Safety Oversight Audit Program and the ICAO Security Audit Program, which resulted in meeting the ICAO requirements by the UAE. His involvement in the United States Federal Aviation Administration program resulted in awarding the UAE Category One rating in civil aviation. This allowed UAE national carriers to provide services to destinations in the US and code share with US Carriers.

Al Haddabi has a Masters degree in Business Studies in Management from Southeastern University in the US.