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Dubai Airport Show 2018 opens


(Dubai) – H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chief Executive of Emirates Group, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Patron of Airport Show, opened the 18th edition of the Airport Show in Dubai.

Opening the world’s largest annual aviation event, Sheikh Ahmed said that the contribution of the aviation sector to the UAE’s GDP has been growing steadily and is expected to reach 38 percent, thus creating more jobs and aiding overall growth.

Speaking after touring the exhibition area, Sheikh Ahmed, said, “The government wants to push everybody to bring in more traffic and business to Dubai and wants to hear from all our business people because we need the private sector, the local government and the federal government to support the new initiatives.”

The 18th edition of the Airport Show features two new co-located events, Air Traffic Control Forum, Airport Security Middle East, in addition to CAPA-Centre of Aviation Global Airport Leaders Forum, GALF, and Women in Aviation.

In his keynote address, Mohammed Abdullah Ahli, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Director-General, said, “Our participation in the show is in line with our objectives of benefiting from the latest knowledge and expertise along with the best practices in managing air traffic growth.”

The annual aviation event brings together more than 300 exhibitors from over 90 countries to showcase their innovative and game-changing products offered to key decision-makers across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia aviation industry, which is witnessing a massive growth.

The show is supported by International Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Dubai Airports, dnata, Contractors Association and Shipping and Cargo Logistics Group.

The show is held at a time when the aviation industry in the region is witnessing a ‘synchronised recovery’ and rapid growth after suffering socio-economic upheavals and geo-political storms following the debilitating global financial crisis in 2008.