First discussions of aviation in Qatar began as long ago as 1927. These centered on the provision of an emergency landing strip close to Doha for aircraft on international routes. With the beginning of the oil companies, a requirement for air support was identified and airstrips were laid at Doha, Dukhan, Umm Said and Al Hamla. At the same time, the strategic and commercial importance of Qatar was being recognized internationally.
Air traffic to the oil companies’ strips gradually increased and with it the demand for passenger services and so, in 1952, the Gulf Aviation Company began the first scheduled services in Doha. From then on expansion was rapid, and a new runway was built to meet the requirements of international airlines operating larger passenger aircraft.
Half a century later, Doha possesses one of the busiest and best-equipped airports in the Gulf, its own national airline Qatar Airways, one of the fastest-growing in the world, and a world-class training institution for the aviation industry, Qatar Aeronautical College.
Qatar Aeronautical College was founded in 1977as the Civil Aviation College of the Gulf States, with assistance from the United Nations Development Program. It changed its name in 1996 to Qatar Aeronautical College, and its programmes have now expanded to include training not just for Airline Pilots but also for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Meteorologists and Flight Dispatchers.
|Phone||+974 4440 8888|
|Fax||+974 4435 7034|
|Office||Ras AbuAboud Street, Doha, Qatar|
|P.O. Box 4050|
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