The UAE is at a very interesting junction as it relates to its aviation industry. In many ways, the UAE has demonstrated its capacity to dream big and deliver on its promises, from the launch of its mission to March, to becoming a global leader in energy investment and infrastructure.
The UAE is ranked 3rd in the world in terms of both Revenue-Ton-Kilometers (RTKs) and Revenue-Passenger-Kilometers (RPKs), two of the most important metrics for calculating the impact of aviation, just behind the USA and China.
From an internal perspective, the UAE has invested an estimated USD 270 billion (AED 1 trillion) in its aviation sector, which includes improvements to airport infrastructure and a fleet of 884 modern commercial aircraft (which increased by five to six aircraft per month until the outbreak of COVID-19).
If the UAE wants to have a license to grow sustainably, it must look at how its aviation sector can emerge from the current crisis, stronger and more robust than ever, and place itself as a strategic leader in the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).
Keeping this in mind, the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Initiative for the United Arab Emirates (SAFI-UAE) will address through its Webinar Series and with support from nearly 50 local and international governmental, corporate and academic stakeholders, the main topics of interest that will set the stage for a strong and vibrant SAF industry in the UAE.