Air travel is the most popular way to get to and from the United Arab Emirates. Is your fear of flying holding you back from visiting this beautiful country? If so, you are not alone but help is on the way, so that you don’t have to miss out on visiting the UAE, a prime place for vacation, a major event and business hub with impressive tourism figures.
So, how safe is air travel in the UAE? Etihad Airways and Emirates maintain a truly amazing safety record (lowest ratio of casualties or fatal accidents), and remain two of the safest airlines (with no hijackings due to the increased security checks for flights from some Middle East airports) to travel in the world. Each airline upholds the highest standards of Aviation Safety and Security, tells Shuchita Kapur who serves as Senior Business Reporter at Emirates 24/7. What’s more, aviation analysts at AirlineRatings.com, a safety and product rating website, have given both airlines a perfect 7/7 safety score when it comes to ensuring passenger protection.
“Statistics say you are far safer in the skies than on the roads, “tells Anjana Sankar, Senior reporter at Gulf News. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has estimated flying is 200X safer than driving. In spite of this, there are still air travelers who constantly think of all the things which could go wrong on a plane inflight. There’s the “what if” scenario which is always in the back of their mind and can stop them from enjoying their flight; for many, one of the main issues is not actually knowing what is going on behind the scenes especially during turbulence and when there’s bad weather. There are others who are fearful of potential mechanical problems during flight.
Are you avoiding family vacations or putting off business meetings that include flying? Can this be because you are Aerophobia or Aviophobia (the fear of flying) or else may suffer from Claustrophobia (fear of closed and confined spaces) or Acrophobia (fear of heights) etc.? Well, you’re not alone, as there are millions of people around the globe that share one or more of these phobias. These fears can truly have powerful effects on one’s career and personal life.
So, if aviophobia is getting in the way of your plans to visit UAE, then here are a few things you can consider: first of all
- Seek Medical Help. Psychological therapy has helped many people better manage their anxiety when flying. Medicines are often used to take before, during, and after your flight to be less anxious.
- Employ Relaxation / Breathing Techniques. This has proven to help make someone feel calmer during a flight.
A great option is however taking a fear of flying course. Most airlines offer one nowadays and many have been able to tame their fear of flying after attending one of these classes. In Dubai itself, British Airway will be offering the Flying with Confidence Course in Spring 2018 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on the Sheikh Zayed Road from 1000-1300; the class will cover all the technical aspects of flying and techniques on how to conquer flight anxiety. The price for the course is AED 1499.
Education like the iPILOT simulator (a 60-minute Fear of Flying Session at Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre) is also a great option to calm anxiety! The iPILOT shows a plane at work while a qualified pilot will accompany you to explain the procedures involved in flying a plane, including all the unusual noises and sensations as well as safety measures in place.
Aviation continues to play an important role in driving economic growth and development in UAE, mentions Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which has established its Gulf Area office in Abu Dhabi, effective 1 June, 2013.
The central role of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the world aviation industry is proven also by the number of conferences held in the area.
Interested parties will not want to miss the 26th AVSEC World Conference, a premier security event representing the full spectrum of the aviation industry.
When: November 14 – November 16, 2017
Where: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Venue: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Audience: Open to all
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has also organized some training programs that are worth attending which are happening in these weeks.
- Aviation Investment Summit UAE. 14-Nov-2017, 08:15 – 17:00, Dubai.
- 2nd Safety Seminar for Aviation Training Organizations. 27-Nov-2017, 07:30 – 15:30, Raffles Hotel – Dubai, UAE.
- Risk Management Seminar. 11-Dec-2017, 08:00 – 14:00, Dubai – Intercontinental Hotel – Dubai Festival city.
UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) holds periodically series of aviation safety seminars, conferences, and workshops as well as trainings through presentations and discussions for the benefit of the general air travel industry, so visit their website (gcaa.gov.ae) for more details and dates.
Will you be flying to Dubai or Abu Dhabi anytime soon?