The 14th edition of Airport Show has been sold out weeks ahead of its take off at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) on May 11 run under the patronage of His Highness 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.
The top-league B2B event for the global airport industry has kept up its growth tempo in terms of exhibition space size, number of exhibitors and hosted buyers and pre-registered participants.
This year’s Show will occupy a gross exhibition space of 12,600 square metres, an increase of nine per cent compared with the previous edition. The number of exhibitors has surged 11 per cent to reach the 250 mark this year compared with the 2013 edition. A record 39 countries will be represented at the Show, including eight new entrants -Estonia, India, Libya, Luxemburg, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Thailand.
A spectacular 80 per cent growth has been recorded by the Hosted Buyers Programme with record participation of 105 decision-makers representing 38 airport operators and civil aviation authorities from 19 countries - Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the UAE. The programme made its debut in 2009 with 41 participations and has maintained a growth curve since then.
There will be six country pavilions this year, including the first-ever US-Canada joint marquee. Germany Pavilion will be the biggest with 31 exhibitors including 11 new exhibitors, while China, France and Swiss pavilions will feature a total of 28 exhibitors, including seven new participants. There will be record 37 sessions at the free seminars at the Innovation Podium covering a wide range of topics and introduction to new technology, products and solutions.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “The event mirrors the aviation industry’s robust growth and the region’s economic resilience, enabling decision-makers and other aviation industry professionals to explore latest technologies and identify future challenges, in order to further promote the success of a thriving aviation industry in the region. Billions of dollars are being invested to provide the additional capacity required to accommodate the anticipated demand.”
Decision-makers from the Arabian Gulf airports which are in the midst of $40 billion developments will be utilizing the show for their procurements and supplies, thereby offering immense business growth prospects for the exhibitors. This year’s show will see as many as 30 new products, solutions and technology being unveiled, a sizeable number of them making the Middle East debut.
To be held from May 11 to 13, Airport Show-2014 will have two co-located events – the 2nd Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) and the inaugural Travel Catering Expo (TCE). Over 30 leading industry stalwarts from across the world will be addressing the knowledge-and-expertise sharing forum while 50 exhibitors have signed up for the debut expo.
Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organisers of Airport Show, said: “We are delighted about the Show’s progress and performance indicators. This year’s Airport Show is the strongest in several fronts, reflecting high optimism and positive growth trends in the aviation industry. The event has grown in its world standing with the unfaltering backing of the global industry which is utilizing the platform to showcase latest innovation and technology and generate business. The big jump in Hosted Buyer numbers this year clearly reflects the surge in investments in airport developments and the keenness of decision-makers to source their requirements through the Show.”
The Airport Show is supported by DCAA, Dubai Airports, dnata, Dubai Air Navigation Services and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP). Leading international and regional trade bodies such as German Airport Technology and Equipment (GATE), Danish Airport Group, British Aviation Group, British Airport Services and Equipment Association, Swiss Airport Suppliers, Netherlands Airport Technology, UBIFRANCE, Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), UAE Society of Engineers, and Supply Chain and Logistics Group, have continued their support to the show.