Ahmed bin Saeed inaugurated its activities with the participation of 150 international companies from 20 countries

Airport Show kicks off in Dubai amid optimism of full recovery and deals

  • Ahmed bin Saeed inspected the pavilions participating in the Airport Show. From the source

  • Saud Kenkzar: "The total movement of aircraft at Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airports during the first quarter of 2023 exceeded 112,510 movements, and cargo <>,<> tons."


His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, yesterday inaugurated the 22nd edition of the Airport Show, the largest event this year in the airport industry, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from the ninth to the 11th of May, with the participation of more than 150 international companies from 20 countries.

This year's 2023 edition of the Airport Show comes against a more optimistic outlook for a full and sustainable recovery, passenger demand growth, and a focus on future mobility, sustainable infrastructure and innovation.

Growth momentum

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: "The airport industry has almost returned to full strength, regaining the growth momentum it lost in most parts of the world, at a time when the pace of construction of new airports, expansion and upgrading of existing facilities has accelerated to ensure that future demand for airports is met, as well as the needs and expectations of passengers."

"As the region's airports look to maintain their position as the world's best hubs and attract an increasing number of passengers, they are investing in the latest technologies and concepts, such as biometrics, the Internet of Things, and finally artificial intelligence, to deliver an airport experience that exceeds the expectations of its customers, makes aviation sustainable, and keeps it at the forefront of the competition," he added.

During a tour of the exhibitors' pavilions, accompanied by senior aviation officials from inside and outside the UAE, His Highness was briefed on the technologies and devices being displayed by 150 international companies from 20 countries.

Accompanying Conferences

Held under the theme 'Together to Create Sustainable Airports of the Future', the trade show is the world's largest inter-regional platform for the airport industry, with large deals expected to be signed by more than 100 hosted buyers.

Airport Show will witness the opening of the Middle East Airport Security Conference, the Air Traffic Control Forum, the Global Airport Leaders Forum and the Women in Aviation Conference, where a group of global experts and industry leaders will discuss the status of the industry, travel trends and futures, airport security, passenger experience and sustainability.

Mai Ismail, Exhibition Manager at RX Global, organiser of the Airport Show, said: "This exhibition was organized with strong support from stakeholders in the airport industry, with the main focus and focus on reducing energy consumption, enhancing operational efficiencies, improving passenger services and air service levels that will be discussed by global experts and industry leaders to propose solutions."

Aircraft movement

In addition, the Executive Director of the Air Transport and International Affairs Sector at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Saud Abdulaziz Kenkzar, said that «the total movement of aircraft at (Dubai) and (Al Maktoum) international airports during the first quarter of this year exceeded 112,510 movements, while the total cargo movement exceeded <>,<> tons».

He added that the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is participating in the Airport Show, which represents an ideal platform for communication with aviation specialists and key decision-makers, pointing out that the attendees will be introduced to the latest technologies and technological and innovative solutions that contribute to the growth and development of the aviation sector in Dubai.

He stressed that the authority is moving forward in doing everything that would develop the aviation sector in Dubai, provide more elements of excellence that qualify it to face future challenges, and continuously seek to improve the services provided within international standards.

Ahmed bin Saeed:

"The airport industry has almost returned to full strength, regaining the growth momentum it has lost."

Air Traffic Control

David Schumer, vice president of civil security for the Middle East and North Africa at SAP, said that "airports in the UAE are keen to keep pace with the latest technological developments that contribute to increasing the smoothness of movement through them." He added that SAP signed with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) the tender for the integrated package of air traffic control to secure 95 air traffic control centers, distributed between Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, the Emirates Flight Training Academy, and the Emergency Operations Center.

Safe Aviation Industry

Participants from the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, the Netherlands, China, Belgium, Korea, Sweden, and many other countries, including the host country UAE, will showcase the latest innovative products and technologies aimed at making the aviation industry safe and sustainable, and enhancing efficiency and passenger experience in light of the expected increase in passenger numbers and the growth of the aviation industry.

"Effective and sustainable air traffic management is key to unlocking the potential of the aviation industry, and industry stakeholders should embrace innovation and collaboration to provide exceptional passenger experiences and lead the way towards a brighter future for airports and the environment," said Omar Bin Ghaleb, Deputy Director General of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).