60,000 visitors, 1,000 exhibitors expected at Dubai Airshow in Nov

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By Abdul Basit  www.khaleejtimes.com

13th edition of Dubai Airshow is expected to welcome 60,000 trade visitors and 1,000 exhibitors, its organiser F&E Aerospace told reporters at a news conference at the new exhibition venue.

The From left: Suzanne Al Anani, CEO of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects; Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation; Mohammed Ahli, director-general, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; and Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; at the Press conference of Dubai Airshow 2013 at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai on Wednesday. — KT photo by Rahul Gajjar
The From left: Suzanne Al Anani, CEO of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects; Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation; Mohammed Ahli, director-general, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; and Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; at the Press conference of Dubai Airshow 2013 at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai on Wednesday. — KT photo by Rahul Gajjar

The organiser opened up the doors to the new venue in a special preview for the media at Dubai World Central on Wednesday.

The show, held every two years, will run at a purpose-built site at  Dubai World Central from 17–21 November. The show is ranked No.3 in the world in terms of its size.

Estimated cost of the show’s venues is Dh480 million, Dubai Aviation City Corporation executive chairman Khalifa Al Zaffin told Khaleej Times after the news conference. Total spending on Dubai Aviation City has so far reached Dh1 billion and the airshow venue is part of it, Zaffin explained.

The organiser and top government officials at the news conference hoped that the next month show would again attract billions of dollars deals.

The 2011 airshow, which was dominated by Emirates airline’s $18 billion deal, had recorded more than $63 billion orders.

The 2013 airshow is again expected to be dominated by UAE airlines and total orders might touch $90 billion, according to media reports.

There will be 150 aircraft on display including 50 business jets at the Dubai Airshow. Emirates airline will bring its A380 while flydubai will display its plane to showcase the newly launched business class cabin, while Qatar Airways will showcase its Dreamliner. More info