Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, inaugurated the 16th Airport Show taking place in Dubai 09-11 May 2016.
Accompanied by VIPs and senior government officials, Sheikh Ahmed toured the world’s second biggest B2B event spread over 15,000-sq-m in Zabeel Halls 4, 5 and 6, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). A total of 300 companies from 55 countries are participating in the three-day show and is expected to be attended by over 7,000 aviation industry professionals.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “We are pleased to welcome the highest ever number of exhibitors from all around the world to the Airport Show this year. 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. The growing interest in this show is a clear indication of its value to exhibitors and visitors alike. I am confident the event will be a resounding success.”
Sheikh Ahmed met with the exhibitors, who explained about their latest technology products and services being offered for the aviation sector. Among the stalls that visited were Banayat Airports and Engineering Supplies, Dubai Police, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), Smartworld, Siemens and Emirates Flight Catering.
He also met with the representatives of Women in Aviation International and Middle East chapters. In line with the vision of the UAE’s leadership to empower women and enhance their participation across all sectors, Airport Show 2016 is supporting ‘Arab Women in Aviation’ which aims to inspire young adults to tap into a multitude of career opportunities in the aviation sector across the Middle East.
Billed as the world’s most dynamic airport show, the Middle East’s iconic aviation industry show features a wide line up of innovative technology products and services from over 55 countries, including Germany, China, Switzerland, USA, Canada, France, Italy and the UK which have set up dedicated pavilions.
Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibitions Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organizers of the show, said: “The tremendous response to the Airport Show reflects the wider global interest in the region, as it pursues its ambitious airport expansion programs and positions itself as the new travel hub of this century. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the exhibitors, who are eager to establish new business relationships as well as strengthen existing ties and tap into the multitude of opportunities in this region.”
The event is being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group.