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Dubai's Airport Show has become the world's largest as airport development in the Middle East region hits a new high.
Airport development in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia has reached a new high, with projects and expansions across the region now valued at over US$68 billion.
The Gulf countries account for $43 billion of this growth, with $21 billion worth of development now underway in the UAE, where Dubai's annual airport industry exhibition is set to become the largest in the world in 2008.
The pattern of regional airport expansion, fuelled by strong economic growth and increased passenger traffic, is highlighted at the Airport Show which takes place at Airport Expo Dubai from 2nd - 4th June 2008.
The figures highlight a massive phase of airport construction and expansion through the Gulf countries, in addition to Jordan, Iraq, India, Sri Lanka and across the African continent.
Heading the list at $10 billion is the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai - set to become the largest airport in the world and handle 120 million passengers annually - followed by the development of Abu Dhabi International Airport at $6.8 billion and Qatar's $5.5 billion New Doha International Airport.
Other major developments include Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz, Madinah and Tabuk airports at a total cost of $11.3 billion, along with the modernisation of smaller airports in India at $4 billion, and further projects worth $3.5 billion and $2 billion respectively in Libya and Baghdad.
"The Gulf region alone now has airport developments and expansions worth in excess of $43 billion under way," said Nick Webb, director of Streamline Marketing Group, organiser of the Airport Show.
"This is reflected in the continuing growth of the Airport Show, which will be the largest airport construction, operations, technology and services show to be staged anywhere in the world this year."
Webb states that exhibition sales are currently up 51% compared with last year, and the 2008 event is expected to feature a line-up of more than 550 exhibitors, with 12 national pavilions representing countries including the UK, Germany, France, Singapore, China, Australia and New Zealand.
Now in its eighth year, the Airport Show is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports.
The event will attract an audience of civil aviation departments, government officials, consultants and contractors behind many of the region's airport developments as well as ground handlers, security personnel and airline representatives.
New this year will be a dedicated section for air traffic control, ground handling and aviation security in the Middle East, plus the launch of the Airport Show conference.
The conference, entitled Future Airports, will discuss the environmental issues surrounding major airport expansion and other key topics related to future airports.
Research shows that 18% of fuel is wasted each year through airport infrastructure and operational inefficiencies, amounting to a staggering 120 million tonnes of carbon dioxide worldwide.
As the region's aviation sector continues to grow, governments and airport authorities are finding that they need to create action plans to combat the potential environmental impacts of increased passenger and cargo air traffic.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the building blocks are already in place for the aviation industry to become carbon free in the future, but at present complete solutions are not available.
"Aviation growth brings numerous economical advantages to the region, along with goods and tourism. However, airports and aeroplanes are major contributors to carbon emissions, and it is important to start a dialogue about any environmental implications versus economical development," Webb explains.
"The amount of fuel being wasted every year is startling and a major concern to both the aviation industry and its customers. There are a
lot of options available to lower CO2 emissions, from reducing airplane taxiing time, to the use of alternative fuel for the ground support equipment.
I think the aviation industry has the ability, desire and resources to overcome this environmental hurdle."
The Future Airports conference will run for the first two days of the Airport Show. The conference will open with a panel discussion analysing how future airport development in the Middle East region is progressing and will cover customer service delivery and operational capability.
Inderjit Singh, senior vice president of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise will be chairing the session.
In the afternoon Dr Mark Watson, senior advisor of corporate environmental affairs for the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) will present a session focusing on the environmental implications of future airports in the Middle East region.
The remainder of the conference will cover topics including finance, management, security and revenue enhancement. The Middle East portion will close with an insight into the project status and development plans for airports in the region.
Air traffic control, ground handling and aviation security in the Middle East will be covered in separate conferences over the three-day event. Each conference has been carefully developed for directors, senior managers and all key personnel involved in the industries.
For the first time, Airports Council International (ACI) is supporting the event and Andreas Schimm, the organisation's director of economics and programme development will be speaking on industry hot topics during the Future Airports conference.
"ACI is pleased to endorse this year's Airport Show, as it is conducive with our aim of uniting important airport industry and government representatives," says Schimm.
"With the enormous amount of airport development in this region, it is increasingly important to discuss common challenges and to work together to present solutions for the future airports." ACI's 580 members operate more than 1647 airports in 175 countries and territories.
Catherine Harmel-Tourneur, director of ACI's traffic forecast advisory services, will present the organisation's industry forecast during the Air Traffic Control conference, another of the specialist forums.
Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies
Part of Bayanat Engineering Group, Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies is a leading airport systems integration provider, specialising in tower systems, runway systems and terminal systems.
The company has been operating in the Middle East for 10 years and has worked on key projects in the region including major airports in the UAE and the Doha International Airport in Qatar.
British Aviation Group
The British Aviation Group (BAG) is the representative body for UK companies involved in the airport and aviation development sector. BAG's membership currently consists of 200 companies of all sizes whose products and services are required in the strategic planning, finance, design, construction, equipping, securing, management and operation of airports and air traffic control systems.
BAG's primary role is to help UK companies win business in airport and aviation developments (in the UK and overseas) and to help clients identify UK suppliers of goods and services that will meet their requirements.
RW Armstrong and Associates
RW Armstrong provides construction management, development and finance, design, planning, and programme management services. Its aviation team has worked with both airports and airlines, and on projects ranging from planning to design-build and is supported with construction, environmental and transportation divisions.
The company offers entire design and consulting services, as well as total project management from initial planning stages through to project completion.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sector is a global provider of products engineered to make buildings safe and secure. Products include electronic and biometric access control systems, locks and locksets, door closers, floor closers, exit devices, steel doors and frames, portable security devices, decorative hardware, cabinet hardware and time, attendance and personnel scheduling systems.
The company's network of consultant organisations work with airport security management, facility managers and systems integrators in assessing existing security systems and specifying and implementing the latest security systems.
Weihai Guangtai Airport Equipment Company
After several years of rapid expansion, GuangTai specialises in the development and manufacture of airport ground support and related equipment. GuangTai has two subsidiary companies GuangTai -Titan Refuelling Equipment Co. (joint venture) and GuangTai Special Power Equipment Co.
In January 2007, GuangTai became the public company in the Shenzhen Securities Exchange and since late 2007 has been operating two new plants.
• Bahrain International Airport - US$815 million
• Al Maktoum International Airport (Jebel Ali, UAE) - US$10 billion
• Kuwait International Airport - US$2.1 billion
• New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Qatar - US$5.5 billion
• Saudi Arabia (King Abdulaziz, Madinah and Tabuk Airports) - US$11.3 billion
• Baghdad International Airport, Iraq - $US$2 billion
• Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan - US$600 million
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