24 Dec 2014 13:00
As part of its efforts to develop its UAE national workforce, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has seconded Jaafar Al Baloushi, one of the first Emirati licensed lawyers working in the airline, to train at two of the most reputable international law firms in the UK.
Jaafar will spend 12 weeks
working alongside top legal professionals in Enyo Law LLP and DLA Piper UK LLP
where he will be introduced to the UK’s judicial system and litigation
proceedings as well as international commercial and aviation law with a
specific focus on commercial disputes and competition claims.
Jaafar started his career in
Etihad Airways as a VIP Protocol Officer in 2010 and graduated in the same year
from the Dubai Police Academy with a legal degree. He joined the legal
department as a Legal Advisor where he enhanced his technical legal expertise,
working with the inhouse team and external law firms on challenging cases
related to labour, criminal and commercial law.
With support from Etihad
Airways, Jaafar had the opportunity to further advance his skills with
progressive training programs leading up to his becoming a registered lawyer in
the UAE Judicial Department and the Ministry of Justice in April 2014.
In his role as Etihad
Airways’ legal advisor, Jaafar attended expert legal meetings and established a
respectable record as a legal adviser at many trials. He has completed 60
hearings at Abu Dhabi courts specialising in labour, commercial, criminal, and
He also completed an IATA
Aviation Policy and Advocacy course in Geneva in April 2014.
Jaafer said: “I am grateful
to Etihad Airways for this once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside
some of the best lawyers in the world. Working in such renowned law firms will help
me gain better understanding of British and International legal systems,
aviation law and competition regulations as well as pleading and procedures.
Etihad Airways’ General
Counsel Jim Callaghan said: “With the rapid expansion of Etihad Airways into
regional and global markets, it is crucial that we develop a strong Emirati
team of lawyers and legal experts.
“Jaafer has quickly built a
reputation as a first-rate lawyer focused on local affairs and by working in
well-established international law firms, we are sure he will enhance his
expertise even further and get better acquainted with international air law and
regulatory policies in the aviation industry.”
As part of developing UAE
national workforce and offering them the opportunity to gain international
working experience, Etihad Airways has deployed 157 Emiratis in overseas
positions across the airline’s global network.
An additional 37 UAE
national employees will be deployed by Etihad Airways in markets across the
Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, bringing the total
number of Emiratis on international placements to 194 by the end of 2014.
This represents an increase
in the number of UAE national staff on international work placements by over
nearly 200 per cent compared to the end of last year.
Ray Gammell, Chief People
and Performance Officer at Etihad Airways, said: “Sourcing and developing
talented UAE nationals is at the heart of our people strategy at Etihad
Airways. Emiratis are now the number one nationality group at managerial level.
As UAE National representation across the business increases each year,
Emiratisation remains our top priority.”