Seal(ed) the deal at Air­port Show

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The 18th edi­tion of the Air­port Show con­cluded re­cently with par­tic­i­pants re­port­ing sign­ing of sub­stan­tial deals worth mil­lions and col­lab­o­ra­tions. The largest an­nual event-of-its-kind hosted over 350 ex­hibitors from 60 coun­tries, with the largest num­ber of ded­i­cated pavil­ions ever.

This year’s Air­port Show wit­nessed the largest num­ber of buy­ers with 190 of them from 34 coun­tries, rep­re­sent­ing 75 air­ports, ground han­dling, po­lice, im­mi­gra­tion, cus­toms, air traf­fic con­trol and avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties. Since the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the show by His High­ness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Mak­toum, Pres­i­dent of Dubai Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity, Chair­man of Dubai Air­ports and Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Emi­rates Air­line and Group, the world’s largest an­nual B2B air­port in­dus­try event saw the high­est num­ber of ex­hibitors, hosted buy­ers and par­tic­i­pants.

Daniyal Qureshi, Group Ex­hi­bi­tion Di­rec­tor, Reed Ex­hi­bi­tions—Mid­dle East, said, “This year felt like a true in­dus­try show­case. The ded­i­cated events for se­cu­rity and air traf­fic con­trol com­ple­mented the trade show per­fectly and we are look­ing for­ward to of­fer­ing fur­ther con­tent aligned with in­dus­try trends in 2019.”

His Ex­cel­lency Mo­hammed

Ahli, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Dubai Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (DCAA) and CEO, Dubai Air Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vices (DANS), re­marked, “The qual­ity of global par­tic­i­pa­tion and the in­creased num­ber of ex­hibitors are tes­ti­mony to Dubai’s grow­ing im­por­tance as a global hub for civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try.”

The global ap­peal of the show was ex­panded by adding ex­clu­sive add-on fo­rums like Global Air­port Lead­ers’ Fo­rum (GALF), Women in Avi­a­tion (WIA), Air Traf­fic Con­trol (ATC) Fo­rum and Air­port Se­cu­rity— Mid­dle East.

Farid Al Bas­taki, Di­rec­tor, ENOC Avi­a­tion, said, “Ini­tia­tives like the ‘Women in Avi­a­tion Gen­eral Assem­bly’ are great plat­forms to high­light the achieve­ment of women in so­ci­ety. In­vest­ing in women is one of ENOC’s top pri­or­i­ties which falls in line with sup­port­ing the UAE’s vi­sion to em­power them in the work­place. Avi­a­tion is a key driver of a na­tion’s so­cioe­co­nomic growth and we en­cour­age all stake­hold­ers in this sec­tor to sup­port women and en­gage with them. Avi­a­tion is a dy­namic sec­tor that re­quires qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als and women need to be en­cour­aged to take up jobs within this in­dus­try that un­der­pins eco­nomic growth.”

The Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity Cen­tre of Dubai Po­lice will host the 16th Di­rec­tors’ Meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ICAO) in Dubai in 2019 dur­ing the 19th edi­tion of the Air­port Show in 2019, ac­cord­ing to Eng Mar­wan Mo­ham­mad Sin­gel, Di­rec­tor, Dubai Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity Cen­tre, Dubai Po­lice. The man­date was given to Dubai at the 15th Di­rec­tors’ Meet­ing in Hong Kong last month a week be­fore the Air­port Show. “Three coun­tries were in the list to host this pres­ti­gious meet­ing, but when Dubai showed its in­ter­est, they with­drew in our favour. The meet­ing will fa­cil­i­tate show­cas­ing of the lat­est in air­port and avi­a­tion se­cu­rity,” Sin­gel said.

Ma­jor deals signed dur­ing the show in­clude Dam­mam Air­ports Com­pany (DACO) sign­ing strate­gic agree­ments with Van­der­lande and Serco Mid­dle East. Honey­well, a global leader in con­nected air­ports, launched a new smart soft­ware suite Honey­well Nav­i­tas that helps en­hance the safety and ef­fi­ciency of air­side op­er­a­tions. Sharjah In­ter­na­tional Air­port has awarded Fre­quen­tis and its UAE part­ner Bayanat Engi­neer­ing UAE a con­tract to mod­ernise its voice com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture and re­place the ex­ist­ing Sch­mid Tele­com sys­tem.

Sameh Gaa­far, Di­rec­tor, Air­port Se­cu­rity—Europe, Mid­dle East & Africa, Rock­well Collins, said the com­pany is in dis­cus­sion with Jazeerah Air­ways for its new re­quire­ment for a ded­i­cated ter­mi­nal. “Our par­tic­i­pa­tion at the show was very re­ward­ing as we could get good enquiries from key play­ers in the mar­ket,” he said.

Todd Dono­van, Vice Pres­i­dent—Strat­egy, Air Traf­fic Man­age­ment, Land & Air Sys­tem, Thales Group, said, “The show is a great fo­rum to bring to­gether key stake­hold­ers in the re­gion to hold meet­ings with our cur­rent cus­tomers and prospec­tive clients and be able to dis­cuss what is ma­te­ri­al­is­ing and hap­pen­ing in the in­dus­try to­day.”

Tom Squier, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Smiths De­tec­tion—Mid­dle East, said, “This is my first Air­port Show here in Dubai. Lots of com­pa­nies in­vested heav­ily in it. The rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the re­gion is good.”

For the first time this year, the event saw the launch of the In­no­va­tion Awards, with win­ners selected from a global pool of sub­mis­sions and in­dus­try jury. Di­eter Heinz, Pres­i­dent, Ger­man Air­port Tech­nol­ogy & Equip­ment, won the ‘Avi­a­tion Per­son­al­ity’ award for his con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the devel­op­ment of the in­dus­try glob­ally; the ‘Rev­o­lu­tion­ary’ award was bagged by Beumer for a ground-break­ing prod­uct and ser­vice that trans­formed the in­dus­try; Hun­garo Con­trol re­ceived the Sus­tain­abil­ity award, Ma­terna re­ceived the award in ‘Smart’ cat­e­gory and Avven­tura was pre­sented the ‘Cus­tomer ser­vice’ award. Dubai Avi­a­tion Engi­neer­ing Projects (DAEP), Dubai Air­ports, Dubai Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (DCAA) and dnata are the key sup­port­ers for Air­port Show, while Dubai Po­lice and Dubai Cus­toms are sup­port­ing Air­port Se­cu­rity Mid­dle East and ATC Fo­rum is sup­ported by DANS and GAL ANS, in ad­di­tion to the four key sup­port­ers.

This year felt like a true in­dus­try show­case. The ded­i­cated events for se­cu­rity and air traf­fic con­trol com­ple­mented the trade show per­fectly and we are look­ing for­ward to of­fer­ing fur­ther con­tent aligned with in­dus­try trends in 2019

Avi­a­tion is a key driver of a na­tion’s so­cio-eco­nomic growth and we en­cour­age all stake­hold­ers in this sec­tor to sup­port women and en­gage with them. Avi­a­tion is a dy­namic sec­tor that re­quires qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als

Farid Al Bas­taki Di­rec­tor ENOC Avi­a­tion

Daniyal Qureshi Group Ex­hi­bi­tion Di­rec­tor Reed Ex­hi­bi­tions—Mid­dle East

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