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UAE to Host Blockchain Aviation Conference in Abu Dhabi This Week

March 31, 2019
Giancarlo Roma


UAE to Host Blockchain Aviation Conference in Abu Dhabi This Week

From Tuesday to Thursday (April 2nd – 4th) of this week, there will be a blockchain aviation conference hosted in Abu Dhabi. This news comes via a press release published by the Emirates News Agency today.

Called “Unlock the Potential,” this will be the inaugural ICAO Blockchain Summit and Exhibition, which will focus on bringing the promises of blockchain technology to the aviation industry. The event is expected to draw more than 800 people from 90 countries.

Per the press release, the event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. The event will also include the country’s minister of economy and an executive from Heathrow Airport as featured speakers.

Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was chosen as the venue due to its friendly stance towards blockchain its willingness to implement it on a national level as well as hold events like this.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), further explained the choice of Abu Dhabi as the host city in a quote contained in the press release:

“Selecting the UAE is a testament to our leadership’s continuing efforts towards investing in new technologies across different domains including the aviation sector and in maintaining strong partnerships between the government and the private sector, and the continuous endeavours in exploring methods to improve aviation business practices in a dynamic and thriving environment.”

Applying blockchain to the aviation space has been an ongoing theme this year, with the US government space agency NASA proposing an air traffic management blockchain in a paper published on its site this January. The system NASA describes would employ an open-source permissed blockchain in order to enable private, secure, and anonymous communication with air traffic services.