For the fifth year running, a French Pavilion is showcasing French technology and innovations at the Airport Show which runs at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) until May 13. The trade show is a major event for any businesses intending to take part in the tremendous boom happening in the middle-Eastern airport market.
Gathered inside the 102-square-metre national pavilion organised by UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for International Business Development, the French exhibitors are utilizing the opportunity to introduce their diverse, innovative products and know-how to buyers from the entire Middle East region, as well as from other countries like India, Iran, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey.
The Middle East area is poised for a 5.2 per cent annual increase in air traffic by 2030. Investments of the order of $100 billion are expected by 2020 for the entire range of airport projects, including building, extensions and modernisation. With 400 million passengers expected in the region’s airports by 2020, countries in the Middle East have set up massive investment programmes, especially in airport infrastructures and passenger handling.
These projects are creating unprecedented market opportunities for local and regional companies, as well as for foreign companies. French exhibitors, who are widely acknowledged for their unquestionable expertise and know-how in the full range of airport services, are therefore intent on positioning themselves.
Their attendance at the Airport Show is an excellent platform for presenting their products and for meeting with over 100 hosted buyers from the airports and civil aviation authorities attending and hundreds others who are taking part in the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) being held in parallel with the tradeshow.
The companies exhibiting at the French Pavilion are a good representation of the sector’s diversity and of French excellence. This is demonstrated by the sheer breadth of the extensive, innovative range of equipment provided by GATE GSE (passenger transport vehicles, freight transport vehicles, service vehicles), by AERSCOPE/SOMINEX (telescopic passageways and adaptable motorised canopies) or by MILOCO GSE INTERNATIONAL (airport trailers).
DESCHAMPS/MOBI-MAT presents its suitable aircraft recovery systems, while EXPAIRSYSTEM CLESTRA provides smoking lounges for airports, where the air inside is as healthy as it is outside and where there is no hazard from second-hand smoke. The event also features ALTIA KDI STRASBOURG, the leading manufacturer of Caddie luggage carts, and DELTA BOX, a specialist in runway lights (windsocks, composite beacons). As for ground support equipment, it is represented by USIMAT SERMEES (a wide range of towable products) and CARTEL MANUTENTION (handling equipment, trolleys). Last but not least, REEL provides aircraft maintenance docking systems.