The 14th edition of Airport Show, to be held in Dubai from May 11 to 13 with Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) and Travel Catering Expo (TCE) as co-located events, has received strong sponsorship support from key aviation industry players keen on strengthening their regional presence.
The world’s leading B2B event for the airport industry has received the sponsorship of G4s (Platinum), emaratech (Gold) and Smartworld and Ultra Electronics Ithra (Silver). Honeywell is the sponsor of the Innovation Podium; LG is sponsoring the Show Bag while the Lanyards have been sponsored by DTP.
Airport Show-2014 has been sold out. Held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) 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 Show will occupy a gross exhibition space of 12,600 square metres. Exhibitors have surged by 11 per cent to reach 250 this year. A record 39 countries will be represented, including eight new entrants-Estonia, India, Libya, Luxemburg, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Thailand.
The Hosted Buyers Programme will see the record participation of 105 decision-makers representing 38 airport operators and civil aviation authorities from 19 countries. The Show will feature six country pavilions, including the first-ever US-Canada joint marquee. There will be a record 37 free seminar sessions at the Innovation Podium.
Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organisers of Airport Show, said: “The Airport Show has remained an ideal B2B platform for global industry players and regional aviation authorities. The support given by key industry players is an endorsement of the Show’s strong appeal internationally. The sponsors will be utilizing the opportunity to reach out to regional markets, create new customer bases and showcase their products portfolio.”
G4S will utilize its presence as a Platinum Sponsor by hosting a 30-minute session in the Innovation Podium on how its global aviation security solutions cater for the Middle East.
Chris Fergus, Regional Managing Director, G4S Middle East, said: “We are delighted to be the platinum sponsors of the Airport Show 2014. G4S offers an array of services in security and facilities management in 45 countries across 120 airports. We are excited to support an event that aims to contribute to the growth of the aviation industry by drawing professionals together from both the public and private sectors. We look forward to sharing best practices and contributing to the success of this show.”
The Show’s Gold sponsor, emaratech, will be showcasing its advanced IT solutions and products and services as the region’s leading consulting and integrated solutions provider. On show will be technology like Border Control E-Gates Solutions Passport Control Security Solutions Border Solutions IRIS and Facial Capture and Immigration and Residency Solutions.
Silver sponsor Smartworld will highlight its state-of-the-art Digital ICT services and advanced airport systems, technology infrastructure, and security solutions. Smartworld stand will feature some of its key partners, which includes EMC, a leading provider of IT storage hardware solutions; Juniper, a leading producer of high speed, reliable switching routers; Bosch, the German multinational engineering and electronics company, and SAAED, one of the UAE's leading traffic systems provider.
Hamza Achour, Marketing, Alliances & Sales Operations Manager, Smartworld, said: “We are seeing an increase in IT spending for these airports--reflecting the significant role that technology plays in successfully running an airport. This year's Airport Show will provide us with the ideal business and networking platform to showcase the latest innovation and technology offerings that support the Digital airport development market.”
Another Silver sponsor is Ultra Electronics Ithra, a world leader in power systems for mass transport and IT systems for airports. “We will utilize the opportunity to listen to our customers and understand their requirements for our products and services. We will also facilitate networking between our customers to share their experiences,” said Omar Al Ismaili, Managing Director, Ultra Electronics Ithra.
Kevin Cha, MEA President at LG Electronics, which is sponsoring the Show Bag, said: “The Show is an important platform for us to interact with our existing and potential customers and further speak about our innovative technology. By showcasing our latest product line-up in shows such as these, we will further reinforce our leadership position in the digital signage market.”
LG will showcase its strong product portfolio for the aviation industry, including its comprehensive range of slim design signage solutions.
DTP, which is the Lanyards sponsor, is excited about participating in the Airport Show-2014 along with four of its major partners.
Abdul Razzak Mikati, Managing Director of DTP, said: “Visitors will be able to see a live demo of Amadeus | UFIS new AODB 5.1, Airtilus (Cloud Based AOS), RMS and their new flagship system ACUS. Our visitors will be introduced to IBM’s technology that enables the turn key solutions that DTP is offering to its clients. IBM will showcase their integration, information management and BI platform.”