US$64b contract opportunities at the Airport Show
The Airport Show will offer opportunities in airport development and refurbishment worth AED 235 billion (US$64 billion), its organiser has said.
The show, running from April 25 to 27 at the Dubai Airport Expo, will host international exhibitors and suppliers exploring the growth potential offered by the fastest growing airport industry in the world in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region.
Announcing the details of the Airport Show at a press conference held on April 21, Ara Fernezian, group exhibition director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said that the show has gained tremendously from the emergence of Dubai as a major hub for air traffic in the Middle East region.
“This year’s show has attracted stronger interest and participation from a range of global leaders in the industry specialised in six key sectors: airport build, supply, security, technology, ground support, operation and air traffic control,” he said.
This year, more than 223 specialised providers and industry suppliers from 34 countries will attend the show. This translates to a 6% increase over last year for exhibitors and 17% growth in the number of participating countries.
China, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, and Switzerland will host national pavilions that occupy a gross exhibition space of 10,508 square metres.
Another introduction to the show this year are the project seminars, where project owners, managers and suppliers come together to discuss plans and close deals. “This programme highlights the show’s relevance as a facilitator for stronger industry linkages,” Fernezian added.
Not only that, the Airport Show Gala Dinner will host for the first time the Emerging Markets Airports Awards (EMAA), to honour industry leaders and key players for their outstanding work, dedication and accomplishments.
His Excellency Jamal Al Hai, SVP Strategy & Development at Dubai Airports said: “Dubai International is the sixth busiest airport internationally in terms of passenger flow. The airport serves over 130 airlines flying to over 220 destinations across 6 continents. Hosting the Airport Show in Dubai is a reiteration of the emirate’s standing within the global aviation industry.”
Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman and managing director of the Dubai World Central, and Jamal Al Hai, SVP strategy & development at Dubai Airports, attended the press conference.
The 10th Airport Show is supported by leading aviation authorities and trade bodies including Dubai Airports, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, German Airport Technology & Equipment (GATE), British Aviation Group, British Airport Services & Equipment Association, Danish Airport Group, UBIFRANCE (the French Agency for international business development), and Netherlands Airport Technology Group.