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 GCAS The Region’s Dedicated Airport and Aviation Training Hub.

The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) is a centre of excellence for airport and aviation training based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. GCAS was established in 2009 by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the operator of the five major airports in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to lead the development of the aviation industry in the UAE and the region through delivering highly-qualified aviation professionals.

GCAS is the world’s first International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) TRAINAIR PLUS Gold Member; a fully certified and endorsed aviation training institution by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates and is accredited by the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET).

Positioned within a world-class international business aviation airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport, GCAS offers industry employers and employees the finest in international-standard training through a combination of high-tech facilities, global expertise and industry leading courses along with accreditation that is recognised worldwide.


GCAS is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi city, right on the apron of Al Bateen Executive Airport, the region’s only executive private jet airport and is one of the few aviation training centres in the world located in an operational airport, providing students with a unique on-the-job learning experience. Our facilities are designed to present a motivating and productive

learning environment. Our modern centre includes:

  • 11 fully equipped training rooms
  • 3 conference and lecture rooms
  • Break-out rooms
  • A fully equipped IT lab & CBT-online learning centre
  • Business centre
  • Recreational centre
  • Resident and visiting trainer and lecturer offices
  • Dining room and catering facilities
  • Building-wide WiFi high-speed internet

GCAS facilities at Al Bateen Executive Airport are only a 20 minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 10 minutes from the central business district of Abu Dhabi. GCAS works with multiple hotels within a short distance of the centre, offering students comfortable and convenient hotel accommodation.

  • GCAS has been awarded the world’s first International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) TRAINAIR PLUS Gold Membership
  • TRAINAIR is a system to improve safety and efficiency of air transport through the establishment and maintenance of high standards of training and competency for aviation personnel
  • The TRAINAIR PLUS programme will allow GCAS to share its educational resources with other members promoting the country’s knowledge sharing and exporting capabilities

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GCAS’s portfolio of courses covers most key sectors in the aviation
industry and we are constantly adding and updating our comprehensive

  • course offerings that cover:
  • Aviation Security (AVSEC)
  • Aviation Safety
  • Cargo and Dangerous Goods
  • Airport Operations and Regulatory courses
  • Customer Service
  • Aviation Management
  • Soft Skills
  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
  • Aviation English
  • Train the Trainer

Please click here for an updated list of Santis-GCAS courses and
course calendar.


GCAS has partnered with leading global aviation organisations and training institutions to develop and deliver leading-edge courses incorporating the very latest in aviation requirements. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop solution working closely with international partners like ACI, IATA, JAATO, Kenyon and Safe Passage International to deliver the most relevant and up-to-date airport and aviation training under one roof.

Along with our status as the World’s first International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) TRAINAIR PLUS Gold Member, the Joint Aviation Authority - Training Organisation (JAATO) has announced GCAS to be their exclusive training provider for the Gulf and the Middle East region. GCAS is also one of the Airports Council International (ACI) global training hubs, and an IATA designated Regional Training Centre.

We also work closely with partners such as Kenyon International Emergency Services to deliver emergency anagement training courses and Safe Passage International (SPI) - a global supplier of computer-based and web-based training programmes for the aviation, cargo, judicial, maritime and general security industries.


GCAS has designed a diversified and comprehensive curriculum with high quality programmes and training options. Our quest for excellence is reflected in the various awards that we have won in the short time that we have been in existence. Our status as the world’s first TRAINAIR PLUS Gold Member is recognised by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for our focus and deliverance of excellence.

GCAS is committed to furthering the collective expertise and knowledge base in the aviation industry and providing world-leading training solutions and programmes ranging from airport and aviation training courses, executive programmes, lectures and seminar series.

GCAS is made up of a dedicated team of highly-experienced and talented specialists and instructors in the field of aviation training who have designed, developed and delivered excellence in training worldwide.
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