The United Arab Emirates’ aerospace sector has enjoyed significant growth in the past decade due to its favourable geographic location and, recently, through partnerships with leading aircraft manufacturers.
Strata is one such UAE-based company that has built partnerships in the aerospace sector. In the past two years, Strata has begun delivering advanced composite components for the Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In June 2015, Boeing delivered the first 787 Dreamliner that had incorporated advanced composite parts made by Strata.
Strata was the first major company to open in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, a joint venture between Mubadala Development Company and Abu Dhabi Airports Company. The aerospace hub, which covers an area of five square kilometres, was developed in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 (a plan by the UAE government to work towards diversification) to support sustainable aviation and aerospace sectors. Nibras has helped to increase industrial and economic activity in Al Ain, and by 2030 business in Nibras is expected to create 10,000 new jobs
To help local Emiratis develop skills in aerospace and attract untapped talent, Strata set up the Learning, Training, and Development Department. This initiative has an open-door policy for all Emirati’s seeking employment in the aerospace industry and provides technical training for all Emiratis, regardless of their age. Strata, in conjunction with Boeing, has also set up a specialised training programme for Emirati engineers.
Strata aims to achieve ‘Emiratisation’ by helping the local population to develop skills that benefit not only Strata itself, but the wider community as a whole.