7 Reasons To Visit The Dubai Airport Show 2010

What to expect from this key event for airport buyers and suppliers.
Airport Show 2010, ANALYSIS


What to expect from this year’s key event for airport buyers and suppliers

Win new business
The number of project buyers attending the event in 2010 is expected to double over the previous year. More than senior 80 purchasing decision makers and project leaders from live and current airport construction projects across the region are expected to attend. A significant number have already confirmed their participation. These inclue representatives from Doha International Airport in Qatar, Khartoum New International Airport in Sudan, Maharashtra Airport Development Co. Ltd. in Mumbai, and Cairo Airport Company in Egypt. From further afield, names attending include Oslo Airport in Norway, Tan son Nhat International Airport in Vietnam and Cape Town International Airport in South Africa.

Meet new contacts
For the first time, selected project owners (hosted buyers) and purchasing decision makers from all over the world will come to discuss plans, close deals and make real business. Some 43 hosted buyer organisations attended the show in 2009 and this year, the organiser, Reed Exhibitions is expecting this figure to increase by 40%. This is an open door to learn about ongoing projects and participants will get the chance to identify investment opportunities and make the most of their time at the show. Some 12 sessions (six per day) are open to all Airport Show attendees from April 25-26 from 11:00-13:00, free of charge.

Listen to the experts

Broken down into manageable sections, the Airport Show 2009 featured 15 top speakers, who addressed crucial topics concerning the growth and development of airports in the region and beyond and hosted 217 delegates. This year promises to bring together prominent industry experts who will address a number of industry delegates on the vital and topical issues affecting the airports sector. The conference will provide a forum for industry professionals to debate, network and conduct business in the MENA region.

Come face-to-face with suppliers
With more than AED 220 billion worth of airport-related projects underway across the region, vendors and equipment providers have flocked to Airport Expo this year. More than 200 exhibitors will fill the Central and West Halls, covering all manner of airport supply, including airfield construction and installation (hangars, pavements and other (technical installations), airside technical systems (lighting, signage and navigation), ground support equipment and services, information technology (IT) and software, terminal consultancy and design, terminal interiors and construction (furniture, fixtures & fittings), terminal installations - handling, security and information systems. Not only that, exhibiting companies will introduce their products and services from the main stage at Airport Expo from April 25-26, 14:00-17:00. Eighteen sessions will take place over the two days and it is the perfect opportunity to learn about the latest products in the market.

Set the agenda
Get involved in roundtable discussions and see how industry standards are set. Local, regional and international industry experts and authorities will engage in fundamental discussions with participants on major topics related to the industry, so take a seat and roll up your sleeves for an intimate discussion about the most pressing issues related to the market. Four roundtable talks including five people per session will be held on April 27 from 14:30-17:00 and they are open to all Airport Show participants free of charge.

Gala dinner
This year, the Airport Show Gala Dinner will be organised in collaboration with the Emerging Markets Airports Awards (EMAA) and will be hosting around 500 key players from the airport industry. By combining the Airport Show and the EMA awards events, it will be a priceless business networking opportunity for you to meet and discuss with the events, exhibitors, delegates and decision makers from the emerging airport market. If you are interested in attending the dinner, you will need to make your reservation by March 30. This can be done via the member zone on the Airport Show website https://www.theairportshow.com/

Free publicity
Since last September, the Airport Show organiser, Reed has been drumming up business and grooming the region’s media in preparation for monopolising the column inches come April 25. Last year, 134 press attended the show and Reed estimates that the media’s total reach hit over 33 million. Although media coverage was focused on the GCC & MENA region, the show secured international media attention as well and 2010 promises to bring the same high level of coverage.

2009 STATS

  • 4710 attendees
  • 210 exhibitors
  • 10,508 square metres of exhibition space
  • 134 press
  • 19 airports
  • 15 conference speakers
  • 79% of exhibitors rated the event as good
  • 97% of visitors said they would return in 2010
  • AED 500 million worth of deals signed

Who should attend?
At the Airport Show you will meet civil aviation authorities, airport project teams, airport consultants, regional contractors & consultants, leading business houses & other related industry professionals are the target visitors.

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