Dubai Airshow Organizer F&E Aerospace is donating exhibition space to the UN’s World Food Programmed (UNWFP) at this year’s event, from 13 to 17 November.
Taking place at Dubai’s Airport Expo, the biennial airshow is the foremost aerospace event in the Middle East and the fastest growing in the world.
The Dubai Airshow set a precedent in corporate social responsibility in 2007 by being the first exhibition to support the WFP’s Air Safety Unit (ASU) and has re-affirmed its long-term commitment to the humanitarian organization by sponsoring it again in 2011.
Alison Weller, Managing Director of F&E Aerospace, said: “The work of the World Food Programmed in airlifting relief supplies when disaster strikes is laudable and we feel it is appropriate that its Air Safety Unit has a voice here at the Dubai Airshow, which attracts the world’s airlines, in order for them to improve the culture of safety among contracted carriers.”
The ASU, which has a Regional Aviation Safety Office in the UAE Emirate of Sharjah, is responsible for monitoring the compliance with international standards of best practice in aviation safety by carriers contracted by the WFP to airlift relief supplies around the world.
Captain Samir Sajet, the ASU’s Regional Aviation Safety Officer, said: “The World Food Programmed (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.
“We are grateful to F&E Aerospace for providing us an opportunity to be a part of the Dubai Airshow as this is an excellent platform for us to interact with flight charter companies and promote our humanitarian air service activities.”
With just 10 months to go, the next edition of the Dubai Airshow is set to be the biggest yet, with up to 1,000 exhibitors expected from some 50 countries.
The Dubai Airshow is organized under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in association with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and the UAE Armed Forces.