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Beginning of Civil Aviation in the State of Qatar ... In the early 1950s, a runway was built in southern Qatar, another one in South of Umm Said (Mesaieed), and a third runway in East Doha for Commercial Air Transport. As oil companies commenced oil-prospecting operations in the southern parts of the country, there emerged a need for air transport services to carry personnel and equipment; which represented the beginning of Civil Aviation Sector in the State of Qatar. Such sector developed due to increased commercial air transport leading to the building of Doha International Airport. Since then, the aviation sector has been trending upward mainly the opening of Hamad International Airport in late April, which represents the most outstanding event in the Civil Aviation Industry in the State of Qatar.


Qatar Civil Aviation Authority ... The Civil Aviation Authority was founded in 2001 pursuant to Law No. 16 of 2001, later amended in 2009 and 2012 in accordance with the updated requirements of the domestic and international civil aviation sector. Qatar is indeed member of many international aviation organisations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC). QCCA has a legal personality and a budget that is affiliated with the Ministry of Transport. Since its foundation, QCCA has signed 152 agreements and memorandums of understanding with various countries all over the world.

The Civil Aviation Authority has intensified its efforts to keep up with the changes in different fields, and has worked towards the achievement of well-studied and clearly- defined work plans, according to International Civil Aviation Laws. Such main objectives and vision consist of the upgrade of the sectors of Civil Aviation and Meteorology towards the highest levels in terms of efficiency, accuracy, organizing the air space, aviation safety, and supervision at all aviation-related facilities; which realize a continuous growth and sustainable development at all levels.

On a national and international scale, QCAA is the officially recognised authority in charge of Air transport Affairs and takes part in developing policies relating to civil aviation locally, regionally and internationally through its internal departments and units and international organisations and unions.


QCAA Terms of Reference are as follows:

  • Planning, creating Civil Aviation and Weather Forecasts related policies, monitoring, evaluating their implementation, and identifying successes and failures;
  • Creating closer relations with International Organizations to participate in the implementation of agreements and international conventions;
  • Managing and operating State Civil Airports, ensuring their compliance with Air Navigation conditions;
  • Monitoring, managing Air Navigation services and facilities,and ensuring their safety and security;
  • Identifying the registration requirements of aircrafts and issuing airworthiness certificates;
  • Ensuring the implementation of internationally recognized regulations in state airports, and cooperating with organizations, unions, and authorities on the level of the Arab World, regional level, and on the international level;
  • Investigating aviation accidents and creating the rules thereof;
  • Supervising aircraft repair and maintenance, the compliance of aircraft design to international standards, repair operations locations, and issuing the necessary repair certificates and permits;
  • Granting certification to airline companies, observing their management procedures of private jets and commercial airlines, and ensuring their compliance with applicable regulations;
  • Proposing charges of landing, transit, departure of various aircrafts, and of fee collection methods.
  • Managing, carrying out maintenance, and developing weather stations and all related weather forecast facilities;
  • Carrying out the weather report based on aviation and marine forecasting to be distributed to concerned state departments;
  • Creating a data bank including all weather reports and related periodic weather data and records, or any information on the State of Qatar or neighboring states;
  • Establishing contracts with local or foreign aviation-related companies with a view to realizing QCAA objectives, partnering, purchasing, or merging, upon the approval of the Council of Ministers;
  • Incorporating companies alone or with partners, or owning existing local or foreign companies outside the State of Qatar or holding shares therein, upon the approval of the Council of Ministers;
  • Proposing bills and legislations on Civil Aviation and weather forecast affairs;
  • Representing the State of Qatar in QCAA related meetings and conferences, in cooperation with competent bodies.


QCAA Organization Structure…

HE Mr. Abdulla Nasser Turki Al Subaey is the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority in the State of Qatar by virtue of the Emiri Decision No.(26) issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.