Dubai to host maiden GIAS

Dubai will host the first Global In­vest­ment in Avi­a­tion Summit (GIAS) from Jan­uary 28-29, 2019, with 500 top avi­a­tion in­dus­try of­fi­cials from across the world in at­ten­dance.

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The Global In­vest­ment in Avi­a­tion Summit in Dubai is set to wit­ness high-pro­file del­e­gates from 40 coun­tries in­clud­ing 20 avi­a­tion am­bas­sadors, 10 knowl­edge part­ners, 200 avi­a­tion of­fi­cials and 300 in­vestors. The UAE au­thor­i­ties are in­vest­ing Dh85 bil­lion ($23.16 bil­lion) in air­port de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion that will see its air­ports de­velop com­bined ca­pac­ity to han­dle more than 300 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year.

“Our air­lines and air­ports have been rank­ing con­sis­tently as among the best in­ter­na­tion­ally. On com­pli­ance level, the UAE is ranked as a top mem­ber state of the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion. GIAS is the UAE’s tes­ta­ment on how far we have achieved and of our com­mit­ment to push the na­tion to be a global pi­o­neer in this field. We an­tic­i­pate ac­com­mo­dat­ing 118 mil­lion pas­sen­gers by 2023 at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and 120 mil­lion pas­sen­gers upon com­ple­tion of Phase-II of the Dubai World Cen­tral, and 200 mil­lion pas­sen­gers upon its com­ple­tion,” said HE Saif Mo­hammed Al Suwaidi, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, UAE Gen­eral Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity.

The three-day in­ter­na­tional summit of avi­a­tion lead­ers will see a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the GIAS Summit, GIAS Master­class, GIAS Avi­a­tion In­vest­ment Des­ti­na­tion, GIAS In­vestor Lounge, GIAS New Busi­ness Ac­cel­er­a­tor, GIAS Am­bas­sadors, GIAS Bi­lat­eral Meet­ings, GIAS Avi­a­tion Su­per Stars Clos­ing Cer­e­mony, among oth­ers.

GIAS Summit

This two-day event will fo­cus on pre­sent­ing the most at­trac­tive sec­tors in avi­a­tion for in­vest­ments, its fu­ture out­looks, fac­tors that will drive the re­gion’s de­vel­op­ment, pub­lic and pri­vate ven­tures, as well as gov­ern­ment in­cen­tives to key projects in avi­a­tion. With key speak­ers, par­tic­i­pants will get cu­rated con­tent with enor­mous rel­e­vance for their fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests.

GIAS In­vestor Lounge

A spe­cial zone will be ded­i­cated to top in­vest­ment houses and in­vest­ment cor­po­ra­tions, de­vel­op­ment banks and sov­er­eign wealth funds. This fea­ture will al­low them to meet with of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives as well as pro­ject de­vel­op­ers seek­ing fi­nanc­ing and dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of new ven­tures and part­ner­ships.

GIAS Master­class

On the first day, world ex­perts and ref­er­ence projects will gather to of­fer par­tic­i­pants a 360-de­gree view on the best in­vest­ment prac­tices with in­ter­ac­tive master­class out­lined for in­sti­tu­tional in­vestors and pro­ject fi­nance man­agers look­ing to un­der­stand avi­a­tion fi­nance. GIAS will fea­ture in­ter­na­tional gov­ern­ments’ in­vest­ment pro­pos­als de­liv­ered by key gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and top pri­vate sec­tor ex­ec­u­tives whilst pro­vid­ing at­tend­ing fi­nanciers with a per­spec­tive on on­go­ing and fu­ture projects.

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