His Excellency Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, said the UAE is open to sharing best practices in supporting the development of Afghanistan’s civil aviation infrastructure.

He announced this during his meeting with His Excellency Dr. Daoud Ali Najafi, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation for Afghanistan. They discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties between the UAE and Afghanistan, with a special focus on transport and civil aviation.

The two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the field of civil aviation and the transfer of UAE’s expertise in this area to Afghanistan, which is currently focused on strengthening its aviation facilities. The UAE will look at hosting trainees from Afghanistan at its civil aviation training centres.

Mr Al Mansouri said that the UAE has proven experience in developing airport free zones, which could serve as a model for Afghanistan in boosting its economy.

Dr. Ali Najafi expressed his gratitude to the support from the UAE and hoped to benefit from UAE experience in building modern airports. He said that the volume of trade between the UAE and Afghanistan is over AED 2 billion annually, making the UAE one of the most important economic partners for Afghanistan.

Currently both parties are seeking to increase the number of flights from the UAE to Afghanistan to three flights daily through fly Dubai



Aparna Shivpuri Arya

Aparna Shivpuri Arya is Assistant Editor, Business Group, CPI, Dubai. Before joining CPI, I was working with UNESCAP in Bangkok. I have a Masters degree in International Law and Economics from Switzerland and a Masters degree in International Studies from National University of Singapore. I have worked with think tanks across countries on international trade issues.