Etihad Airways has welcomed Mohamed Al Mansoori, its 2,000th Emirati member of staff, to the airline.
Mohamed, who is 30 years old and from Abu Dhabi, recently joined the airline's Human Resources team as Senior Manager-People Reward and Policy.
He was previously working with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC.
Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways Chief People and Performance Officer, said: "We are delighted to welcome Mohamed, the airline’s 2,000th Emirati employee, to the Etihad Airways family.
“As the national airline of the UAE, we are committed to growing and developing a highly qualified cadre of UAE nationals and empowering them to play an even greater role in our world-class business."
Etihad Airways now employs more than 2,000 UAE nationals across the spectrum of its operations, with Emiratis now being the number one nationality group in the airline as well as the number one nationality group at the manager and higher management levels.
Mohamed Al Mansoori said: “I am thrilled to be the 2,000th Emirati to join Etihad Airways and be part of this world-class airline that enjoys a fantastic reputation both in the UAE and across the globe.
“It is inspiring to join an organisation that puts so much weight not only on hiring but also on developing UAE nationals to work in this highly-productive multicultural environment offering me this fantastic opportunity to work alongside people from more than 144 nationalities."
Etihad Airways has received widespread praise for its UAE national development strategy aimed at building airline specific capability for the future with over 20 specialised programmes across the business for graduate managers, including sales and airport operations managers, cadet pilots, technical engineers, and guest services and contact centre agents.
Ray Gammell added: "We have made huge strides, been widely praised for our efforts, and are looking forward to supporting even more UAE nationals across the business as we embark on our plans to welcome more than 6,000 UAE nationals in the airline by 2020.
“We look forward to supporting Mohammed as he embarks on an exciting and rewarding career with the UAE’s national carrier.”