DUBAI – With their eyes set on tapping the huge business prospects offered by the multi-million dollar expansions of airports in the Middle East region in general and GCC states in particular, the world’s leading aviation companies have made a significant presence at the 12th edition of the Airport Show which was opened on Tuesday Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai Airports.
Accompanied by a large number of dignitaries and top-ranking officials, including the chief executives of regional airports, civil aviation authorities and aviation companies, Shaikh Ahmed, who is also the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, opened the show and toured the three-day annual B2B event hosted over an exhibition space of 10,302 square metres in Sheikh Saeed Hall (1, 2 and 3) of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).
Prominent among those who visited the show are Mohammed Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Jamal Al Hai, Senior Executive Vice President for International Affairs at Dubai Airports, Khalifa Al Zafeen, CEO, Dubai Aviation City Authority and Rashid Buqara’a, COO, Dubai Aviation City Corporation. Kuwait was represented by a four-member delegation headed by Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Farah, Director General of Kuwait Civil Aviation. Top aviation officials from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Qatar were also present at the show.
Billed as the world’s most dynamic airport show, Dubai’s iconic aviation industry event is featuring a wide line up of innovative technology products and services from 210 companies from 32 countries, including China, Denmark, France, Germany, Swiss and the UK which have set up dedicated pavilions. More than 5000 visitors from the aviation and other economic sectors are expected to attend the show over the three-day period.
Mohammed Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), formally opened the Seminars programme of the Airport Show and highlighted the importance of updating knowledge and skills for the aviation industry professionals in order to achieve excellence in every sphere of operations. A total of 25 presentations on new projects and initiatives along with latest innovation and technology will be conducted during the Airport Show-2012. On the opening day, six seminars were conducted, covering topics like The World’s First Mobile Passenger Terminal, Integrated Airport Systems, King Hussein International Airport, Multi-Purpose Airport Sweeper and Cavotec E3 Gate.
Airport Show is one of the world’s leading B2B events devoted exclusively to airport construction, operations, technology and services and is supported by leading international industry associations and local government authorities – Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Netherlands Airport Technologies, German Airport Technology and Equipment, British Aviation Group, UBIFrance, British Airport Services and Equipment Association, Danish Airport Group and DNATA.
The biggest event in the MENA region and Indian subcontinent features many of the leading local and international companies in the airport industry like Kronenburg BV, Dar Al Handasah, Airbus Prosky, Al Jaber L.E.G.T Engineering and Contracting (ALEC), Honeywell, Siemens, ADPI and Munich Airport. This year’s edition is seeing Germany having the largest pavilion in terms of size and number of participating companies in the past three years.
This year’s Hosted Buyers Programme is seeing the participation of as many as 43 key airport and civil aviation decision-makers from 13 countries in the Middle East and South Asia. The Hosted Buyers are from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, Djibouti, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Jordan in addition to the hosting country, UAE. More info