$60bn airport infrastructure to go on show
Dubai, April 6, 2009
Airport Show 2009 will underline the region’s Dh220 billion ($60 billion) investments in airport infrastructure projects as well as growth opportunities in the sector, said the organisers.
The show will take place from May 19 to 21 at the Dubai Airport Expo under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman, Dubai Airports.
The event is being organised by Reed Exhibitions, a leading event organiser.
The latest edition of the Airport Show is set to attract over 300 exhibitors from more than 40 countries.
More than Dh165 billion worth of airport-related projects are under way in the GCC, Iraq and Iran, according to a Meed study. Further, analysts estimate that airport development in the larger Middle East, North Africa and Asian subcontinent will be worth an additional Dh55 billion in planned and ongoing projects, bringing the total investments to Dh220 billion.
With 39 airports being constructed or modernised across the Middle East, Africa and India, the region offers business opportunities for suppliers across the value chain of airport development and operations.
“With billions of dollars earmarked for airport developments across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, the region represents one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world today,” said Sheikh Ahmed.
“As regional civil aviations continue to construct brand new terminals, concourses and runways, and upgrade their existing facilities in preparation for the next generation of super-jumbos, this pace of modernisation creates outstanding opportunities for airport suppliers and contractors.”
Noting that the annual Airport Show was one of the world's largest events focusing on airport construction, technology and services, Sheikh Ahmed said that the event offers suppliers a unique forum to network with civil aviation officials and airport companies, as well as consultants and contractors from the sector, from across the region.
“Several other regional civil aviation entities will also be on hand to discuss their own developments in pre-scheduled, private meetings with exhibitors,” Sheikh Ahmed added.
'The region views airport development as an integral part of the economic diversification agenda,” said Frederic Theux, President of Reed Exhibitions Middle East said.
“Reed is pleased to present the 2009 Airport Show in conjunction with our partners and leading government authorities. We believe the Airport Show platform creates an ideal environment for participants to network with industry peers, gain insights on industry trends and conclude business deals.'
First held in 2001, the Airport Show has progressed to become one of the largest airport construction, operations, technology and services events in the world.
The 2008 edition showcased 515 suppliers from 41 countries, over 17,000 sqm of exhibit space, and drew more than 5,000 trade professionals. – TradeArabia News Service