Last Monday, Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) held its Annual Ceremony at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, honouring outstanding employees, strategic and media partners for their excellent efforts while celebrating the achievements of Sharjah Airport in enhancing its regional and global status.
The ceremony was attended by HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Sheikh Faisal bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Dr Tariq Sultan Bin Khadem, Head of the Directorate of Human Resources in Emirate of Sharjah, HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), HE Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Thani, Director of The Department of Civil aviation (DCA), HE Sultan bin Butti Al Muhairi, Secretary General of the Sharjah Executive Council, and a number of directors of departments in the Emirate of Sharjah, representatives of strategic partners, the department directors, SAA employees and media representatives who were honoured for their role in attaining SAA’s success.
The ceremony opened with the UAE national anthem, which was followed by verses from the Holy Quran. HE Ali Salim Al Midfa delivered a speech, welcomed the attendees and praised the team’s great efforts leading to a number of achievements in line with the aspirations and vision of the wise leadership. He thanked the media representatives and commended them for highlighting the Airport’s events and activities.
His Excellency said, “In 2019, SAA made several achievements based on the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council, which guaranteed excellence and encouraged joint efforts and teamwork. This added further success to the Airport’s journey, which started nearly nine decades ago.”
He added, “Thanks to the efforts of our teams and partners, Sharjah Airport strengthened its position on the global travel map, achieving an increase of 13% in passenger numbers and setting a new record with 13.6 million passengers. One of MENA’s leading airports, the Airport ranked fourth globally for accuracy and punctuality (91.1%) according to OIG, the international provider of airport and airline data. It has become one of the region’s leading airports in terms of passenger numbers.”
His Excellency said, “Thanks to your efforts and cooperation, SAA is implementing a comprehensive AED1.5 billion expansion plan that is exceeding expectations. The Airport has also implemented many community initiatives and projects, participated in national and international events, and welcomed new airlines while expanding the Airport’s travel network based on new requirements from partners.”
During the ceremony, His Excellency launched the Sharjah Airport Excellence Award: “My Airport” which aims to enhance the culture of excellence at SAA, encouraging innovation and the use of best practices in the work environment; highlighting employees’ talents and competencies to achieve the highest international standards for excellence and organisational leadership. The Award will be implemented this year.
He concluded by saying that the ceremony has become an important tradition, promoting partnerships among the government and private organisations operating at the Airport and motivating outstanding employees.