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ICAO Blockchain Aviation Summit and Exhibition

Amna Al Jallaf and Ihab Arja attend the 1st ICAO Blockchain Aviation Summit and Exhibition

Advocates Amna Al Jallaf and Ihab Arja attended the 1st ICAO Blockchain Aviation Summit and Exhibition which took place from 2nd-4th April 2019.
ICAO Blockchain Aviation Summit and Exhibition is a premier and unprecedented ICAO event promoting a global unified understanding of the commercial, technological and efficiency potentials of Blockchain technology in support of a sound, safe, secure and economically-viable civil aviation system.
The ICAO Blockchain Summit and Exhibition took place in Abu Dhabi, 2-4 April, 2019, with over 800 individuals from 90 countries taking part in the event.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the event was co-organized by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, and the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO.
The gathering served as a platform to promote global collaboration to unlock the potential of Blockchain technology to ensure a safe, secure and efficient civil aviation system. The 2019 event, entitled, 'Blockchain: Unlock the Potential', offered the international aviation community information and experience about Blockchain technology.
ICAO and GCAA aim, through the summit and exhibition, to accelerate the adoption of Blockchain through the entire aviation ecosystem from aircrafts and other assets such as financing to business operations, including passenger experience, to contracts management, record keeping and security.


Ihab is an Italian attorney-at-law and expert in the aviation sector. He has been engaged in commercial and regulatory law practice for many years, with a focus on aviation.

He has an extensive experience in high-profile litigation, aircraft financing and leasing, aviation regulation, aircraft accident investigations and policy & business aviation issues.

During his career, he has been actively involved in a full range of legal matters arising in the aviation industry, including drafting aviation legislations, participating in major Privatization and Public–Private Partnership projects, delivering regulatory consultations & proceedings, handling general aviation and commercial issues including sale, purchase and lease of aircraft transactions, aircraft & air navigation services’ insurance and reinsurance, and other environment, security & safety issues.

Ihab has addressed numerous conferences on aviation law and aircraft financing & leasing in the Middle East, Europe and Canada, and published on a variety of issues, including commercial aviation developments, environmental regulation impacting the aviation sector and the Cape Town Convention and its Aircraft Protocol.

He is a member of ICAO’s Commission of Experts of the Supervisory Authority of the International Registry (CESAIR) for the purposes of the Cape Town Convention (CTC) and the Aircraft Protocol.