The 17th Airport Show officially opened its doors yesterday, with president, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA); chairman, Dubai Airports; and chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum inaugurating the exhibition.
This year’s Airport Show, taking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is expecting to welcome more than 300 companies from 50 countries over three-days, while over 7,500 aviation industry professionals are anticipated.
HH Sheikh Ahmed enthused: “The aviation industry expansion in the Middle East continues to surpass average global growth rates. Future projections are equally promising and are behind the ongoing and considerable investment in aircraft, technology and infrastructure. The Airport Show brings together solution providers from around the world giving them the opportunity to explore the latest trends and bring forward innovative products and services designed to support ongoing industry growth and service enhancements.”
One of the world’s most significant airport events, this year’s Airport Show boasts an impressive line-up of technology products and services from over 50 countries, including Germany, China, Switzerland, France, UK and Denmark.
Commenting on the show was group exhibitions director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, Daniyal Qureshi: “We have experienced a much larger interest in Middle East aviation developments and the Airport Show in particular over the last year, signaling the growing confidence of international suppliers in the region’s expansion programmes. We have experienced an almost 10 per cent growth in exhibitors this year, with new country pavilions and more security, ICT and passenger technology companies than ever before at the event.
“We also have larger delegations from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Pakistan, highlighting the collaboration that Dubai’s aviation authorities and integrators have built with authorities in the region,” Qureshi concluded.