Essa Al Ghurair is a businessman who has been diving for many years. He is well known underwater by his unique 'yellow' fins. He is an experienced diver, a keen photographer, a PADI Divemaster and a CMAS instructor.
Marwan Faraj Al Mehairbi
Jamal Bu Hannad is an avid diver descended from a family of seafarers and sea merchants. Jamal has a strong commercial background due to his involvement in various businesses in the country. He has good organizational and leadership skills which prove to be extremely valuable for a non-profit organization like the Emirates Diving Association.
Khalfan Al Muhairi is a retired Law enforcement officer and experienced diver who cares greatly about the sea. Often in the EDA Office, he involves himself in the running of the Association.
Head of Fujairah Committee
Abdulla Salem Al Ruwaihy
Head of Sharjah Committee
Talib Al Dhuhoori
Head of Abu Dhabi Committee
Saleh Al Hammadi
Head of the Scientific Committee
Mohamad Al Salfa is an experienced PADI Divemaster and CMAS instructor from a very well-known seafaring family. His good analytical and innovative skills and experiences are of the utmost value to EDA.
Head of the Technical Committee
Omar Al Huraiz is an experienced PADI Divemaster and CMAS instructor, a computer enthusiast and an army officer who strongly believes in defending the seas.
Ahmed Bin Byat is a scuba diving trainer, a rapid rescue and first aid instructor, a PADI Divemaster, a CMAS instructor, a Divers Alert Network oxygen instructor, a trainer for Basic Life support for professional EMP and an Automatic Defibrillator Instructor, EMP.
Head of EDA Women’s Committee
Maitha Al Qader
Ibrahim Al Zu’bi is an Environmental/Civil Engineer with many experiences in environmental issues and working closely with NGO’s having coordinated lots of environmental projects and campaigns in the UAE and West Asia. He is the driving force behind EDA, having placed the association in the public eye and building up a team of volunteers to achieve EDA’s goals. He works closely with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Civil Society, Youth, Sports and Sustainable Development issues as the UNEP UNESCO YouthXchange Project – West Asia Coordinator.
Ally Landes has worked with EDA since December 2004 when she created and introduced the quarterly magazine, ‘Divers for the Environment, as magazine Producer, Editor and Designer. She branded and helped foresee the development of Digital Online – EDA’s Underwater Photography and Film Competition from its launch in 2009 and has since managed the event. Ally also coordinates the Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX) with the Dubai World Trade Centre Exhibitions and Events Management team for the Dubai International Boat Show. She keeps busy within her fields of passion, always looking to fill gaps with improvements, developing EDA’s brand, designs and managing all the EDA social media and FAM trips. As a qualified PADI Instructor, she utilizes the experience within everyday life at EDA.
Ioline Gomes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University of Sharjah, where she majored in Environmental Science with a concentration in Biology and Ecosystems. Having been born and raised in the UAE, she is dedicated to conserving and protecting the UAE’s unique marine ecosystem.
Heritage Department Manager
Juma’a Bin Thaleth is a dedicated young local pearl, as well as rescue diver. He is responsible for creating awareness in all schools, colleges and universities with regard to the Pearl Diving culture of the UAE. Juma'a is also responsible for EDA's Heritage Exhibition.
Coordinator, Abu Dhabi Committee
Kathleen Russell is Chinese Canadian and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Canada. She is a PADI Master Instructor, Underwater Videographer and the Business Development Coordinator for Al Masaood's Marine and Engineering Division. Kathleen is also a member of the EDA Safety Committee. She hopes to go to Rangiaroa, Socorro Island, Coco's Island and Galapagos one day.
Dr. Barbara Karin Vela works as a general practitioner in the Dubai London Specialty Hospital but her passion for diving made her take up a special training and additional education at the Stellenbosch University to become a diving physician. Apart from diving for pleasure, she wants to raise the standards of safety during diving and her mission is to educate the divers in how to face all the health and physiological challenges of this wonderful sport.