Dubai open to ideas, ready for partnerships: Ahmed bin Saeed

DUBAI - The Dubai Airshow could witness a revival in aerospace industry fortunes and Dubai stands ready to be at the forefront of the upturn, according to Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Dubai Airports.

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Published: Mon 16 Nov 2009, 12:07 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:25 AM

In a welcome address to exhibitors, delegates and visitors to the 11th Dubai Airshow in the biennial series, Sheikh Ahmed said: “We are open to ideas: we are ready to work with companies in partnership.” Sheikh Ahmed described the Dubai Airshow, which runs at Airport Expo Dubai

until 19 November, as timely and on the cusp of a business upturn.

“The airshow comes at an important time for the aerospace industry as the world begins to see a revival in fortunes,” he said. “During the past two years, the business has experienced unprecedented turbulence. However, I am very pleased that many of the organisations at the show this year were among those that continued to invest in the industry during the worst of times.

“It is the Middle East - and the GCC in particular - that has seen a growth in air transport, while elsewhere there have been falling passenger numbers. It is in the Gulf that we have seen launch customer deliveries of some of the finest business jets. It is Middle Eastern carriers that have been leading the way with the introduction of new cabin and in-flight communication technologies. It is also in this region that we see the

greatest investment in ground infrastructure, such as airports and air sraffic management systems.”

Sheikh Ahmed added that the region’s, and most notably the UAE’s, investment in sophisticated defence systems is providing a secure landscape and delivering reassurance to investors.

“I hope that all taking part will benefit from being here and will meet new associates and identify fresh opportunities,” he added.

Dubai Airshow 2009 is being seen as a weathervane for the aviation industry and with 890 exhibitors from 47 countries - including 150 new-to-show participants - organiser F&E Aerospace says the event is a fertile platform to ignite cross-border business.

“New participants are from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the UK and USA and cover a range of activities from training simulators, to the world’s first planned supersonic business jet, from VIP and specialised aircraft services to suppliers of ejector seats and unmanned aerial vehicles. The scale and scope of opportunity is hugely diverse and the prevailing sentiment on the exhibition floor is one of business innovation,” said Alison Weller,

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