A high level delegation from Emirates headed by Tim Clark, Presidentof Emirates Airline, and senior level executives Adel Al Redha, EVPEngineering and Operations, Mohammed Matar, DSVP Airport Services,Ahmed Khoory SVP – Commercial Operations GCC, Middle East and Iran;Richard Vaughan DSVP Commercial Operations Worldwide and RussellSheldon SVP NPSD, paid a visit to the Dubai General Directorate ofResidency and Foreign Affairs Department. The visit aimed to enhancejoint coordination for next stages of development. The delegation was received by HE Major General Mohammad Al Marri,Director General of the Directorate, Brigadier Obaid Bin Suroor,Deputy Director, and Col. Awad Awaim, Assistant Director forAdministrative and Financial Affairs. Both parties discussedstrengthening the partnership between the Dubai Residency & ForeignAffairs and Emirates airline in several fields. The meetings touched upon ways of strengthening cooperation betweenthe two sides in the field of training and development, as well asaugmenting staff capabilities. This would be achieved by benefitingfrom the groundwork of highly developed training from Emirates andexchanges of experiences to support the economic development and thesignificant growth in the UAE in general and Dubai in particular. Major General Al Marri said the meeting discussed the increase inpassenger traffic to and from Dubai in general and the increase in thenumber of trips, pointing out that the Department currently uses themost up-to-date technology to serve the public in accordance with thewise strategy of the government under the guidance of HH SheikhMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister andRuler of Dubai, and the follow up of HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed AlNahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, whothoughtfully supports the public. Major General Al Marri presented the services provided by theDirectorate which encompass sophisticated electronic support to allcitizens, residents and visitors and a high degree of precision andaccuracy. He also presented the plans and future projects to Emiratesteam and which aims to increase faster facilities convenience to thepublic. Commenting on the discussions Tim Clark, President Emirates Airlinesaid: “As Emirates continues to expand we will need more and moresupport from our valued colleagues at the Dubai Residency and ForeignAffairs Department. In the 2009-10 financial year, we carried 27.5million passengers and we expect to surpass this figure this year. Tomeet and sustain this growth it is important that we work togetherclosely to further improve efficiencies for our burgeoning number ofpassengers.” At the end of the meeting, the Emirates delegation was taken on a tourof the various divisions of the General Directorate of Residency andForeign Affairs Department to fully gain knowledge of the methods andsystems used to increase its efficiency. They were also briefed byMajor General Al Marri about the facilities and services provided bythe public.