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Dubai Air Navigation Services and MITRE Corporation sign cooperation agreement to create Centre of Aviation Innovation

11 August 2015

Dubai Air Navigation Services, DANS, and the MITRE Corporation have signed an international cooperation agreement that to create a Dubai-based aviation innovation centre, 'The Centre of Excellence', which aims to transform the Emirate of Dubai into the world's leading innovation hub by providing comprehensive benefits to the economy and the aviation sector in the UAE and the Middle East region.

Innovation is key for the UAE to achieve its strategic goals and it is a vital pillar in driving further economic development and growth. Under the guidelines set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the year 2015 has been announced as the year of innovation, and as a result, the Executive Council has established the National Innovation Strategy and appointed the National Innovation Committee as the governing body to supervise the implementation and enhancement of innovation across seven key sectors in the UAE: Space, Water, Technology, Education, Health, Renewable Energy, and Transport.

In line with the guidelines of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of DANS has given authority to Mohammed A. Ahli, the CEO of DANS and Director-General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, to sign this agreement in order to enhance collaborations and drive innovation in the aviation sector.

The centre will aim to improve the aviation infrastructure in the UAE by enhancing safety, security, efficiency, and capacity of aircraft operations. In addition, DANS seeks to engage local talent from technology institutes and universities to develop young innovative minds by providing them the opportunity of working in activities in the centre.

Commenting on the news, Mr. Ahli, said, "The establishment of the Centre of Excellence for the aviation sector in the UAE will encourage further regional cooperation between neighboring countries and will yield positive impact on the economy as it will reduce research and development costs for the organisations. We are collaborating with MITRE, our technical partner for this project, as we believe that Dubai Air Navigation Services will benefit immensely from its knowledge which it has been establishing in leading economies such as the US, Singapore, and India."

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