Approximately 7,000 aviation experts landed at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) recently to attend the emirate’s 16th Airport Show and experience the latest updates from over 300 exhibitors at the three-day gathering.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, serving multiple roles as president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and chairman of Dubai Airports as well as chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, had nothing but praise to offer. Ahmed toured the large convention accompanied by government leaders and aviation and economic authorities from the emirate.
"We are pleased to welcome the highest ever number of exhibitors from all around the world to the Airport Show this year,” Sheikh Ahmed said. “The Airport Show continues to grow year after year as leading industry players from across the world seek to tap into the tremendous opportunities offered by the Middle East's thriving aviation sector."
Advertised as the world’s most dynamic airport show, the convention boasted products and services from more than 55 nations - including Germany, China, Switzerland, U.S., Canada, France, Italy and the U.K. - with many participating in “country pavilion” exhibits.
George Hannouche, CEO of Banayat Airports and Engineering Supplies, has exhibited at the show for 14 years.
“We look forward to (the) Airport Show every year as our international technology partners join us … to display their latest Airport innovations,” Hannouche said.
Director Daniyal Qureshi of Reed Exhibitions Middle East, which organized the event, noted that enthusiastic vendor response reflects a growing international interest in the Middle East as an aviation hub.
“(Exhibitors) are eager to establish new business relationships as well as strengthen existing ties and tap into the multitude of opportunities in this region," Qureshi said.