Dubai: Airport executives will gather in Dubai this week for the 14th edition of the Airport Show held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 11 to 13.
Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, is expected to open the business-to-business (B2B) regional industry event, according to organisers, where 30 new technologies will be unveiled.
Airports in the Middle East are increasingly coming under focus following the emergence of the three big Gulf airlines; Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways over the past three decades.
The three Gulf airlines are some of the largest in the world and carry millions of passengers through their geographically strategic hubs in the Arabian Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. However, traffic above the Gulf airports is becoming increasingly congested.
The Airport Show will feature six country pavilions, including a joint Canada-US pavilion for the first, and companies representing 39 countries. Estonia, India, Libya, Luxembourg, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Thailand will be represented for the first time this year, according to the organisers.
The 2nd edition of the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) will feature alongside the Airport Show for the first time. GALF, held from May 12 to May 13, will feature a mixture of local and international executives including; Homaid Al Shemmari, Chief Executive Officer of Aerospace & Engineering Services, Mubadala, Mustafa Sani Sener, Chief Executive Officer of Turkey’s TAV Group and Jozsef Varadi, Chief Executive Officer of Hungarian-based low cost carrier Wizz Air.
For the very first time the Travel Catering Expo (TCE) will make its debut at this years Airport Show. A thousand unique visitors are expected to flock to the TCE with the regions travel catering market worth $15 billion (Dh55 billion), according to the organisers.
“Travel Catering Expo aims to provide a dedicated platform that brings together global suppliers and regional buyers under one roof. More than 50 exhibitors are expected to attend the inaugural edition,” stated Daniyal Qureshi, Director of Travel Catering Expo.