Mohamed Abubaker Farea
Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Director, Aviation Development and Planning
Mr. Mohamed Abu Baker Farea is the Director of Aviation, Development and Planning Division, in Aviation Sector, of the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, where he is mandated to develop the aviation sector strategy, supervise the amendment of local and federal aviation law whilst representing Abu Dhabi in many bilateral aviation agreements.
One of the prominent local talents, Mohamed enjoys more than 20 years of experience in managing local and federal aviation, technical operations, managerial supervision of aircraft acquisition and market needs, as well as negotiating contracts, market operations, and purchases. He is well-versed in civil aviation safety and security, and representing the UAE in international aviation conferences and symposiums.
He graduated from the United Kingdom with a bachelor degree in Aviation Engineering and gained accreditation in engineering license from the UK, the US, and UAE. He started his profession at Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) where he later became senior aviation engineer.
Mohamed joined the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)as the first local airworthiness inspector. In this post, he supervised national airlines and air maintenance companies. He spent 10 years at the GCAA and has been instrumental in developing the Authority, its policies and regulations, which led the UAE to gain Category 1 by the US Federal Aviation Administration. He also supervised the technical and organisational aspects of Etihad Airways foundation.
Mohamed then joined Etihad Airways as Vice President for Safety, Security and Quality, developing these divisions at the Airline’s initial phase. He was also elected as one of the 10- members IATA Security Committee.
Mohamed Abu Baker held several prominent positions in local and regional aviation authorities, such as Executive Director of Estithmar Aviation, head of GCC Airworthiness Committee, head of Arab Aviation Safety Committee, Vice Chairman of the Committee specialised in developing monitoring systems at Abu Dhabi Airport. He also headed the team that prepared the programme which helped the UAE gain Category 1 by the US Federal Aviation Administration and is member of the joint committee of airlines mandated to develop A380, and of the committee in charge of developing air transport strategies. He actively participated in streamlining the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), developing the federal civil aviation regulations as well as developing the APIS.