Airport Build & Supply expo opens tomorrow

DUBAI - The Airport Build & Supply Exhibition, a major airport supplies event, will open tomorrow at the Airport Expo Dubai with a line-up of more than 130 exhibitors from some 30 countries seeking a role in the $15 billion development programmes taking palce in the region.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 6 Jun 2004, 9:43 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:00 PM

Visitors to the exhibition will include key decision makers from regional departments of civil aviation, government departments, VIPs and UAE-based and international consultants and contractors.

"The level of airport development and expansion is at its greatest since the Airport Build and Supply Exhibition was first launched four years ago, with airport development programmes in the Middle East and North Africa worth an estimated $15 billion," said Laith Kubba, Director, Streamline Marketing, organisers of the event.

One of the major attractions for the record number of exhibitors is Dubai International Airport's $4.1 billion expansion programme.

"The second phase of Dubai International Airport's expansion is going according to plan and will be completed by 2006," said Khalifa Al Zaffin, Director, Engineering Projects, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Dubai.

The expansion programme includes the construction of a third terminal and two new concourses, to be used exclusively by Emirates, a $137 million upgrade to the existing Terminal 2 and the construction of a Cargo Mega Terminal, which will be built in phases and completed by 2018.

As in previous years, DCA, Dubai, will be present at the Airport Build & Supply Exhibition, while each exhibitor at the show will be able to take advantage of private, pre-arranged meetings with relevant project managers, engineers or architects involved in Dubai International Airport's massive expansion project.

The Departments of Civil Aviation of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah as well as Qatar Airways have all booked stands at the event this year. Official delegations representing civil aviation authorities from countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa are also expected.

Making its debut at the event this year is the French Airport & ATC Technology Trade Association (PROAVIA), which represents the interests of 40 major French manufacturers.

Also exhibiting at the event are five prominent PROAVIA members, including IER, a leading manufacturer of terminals, printing and controlling systems for the air, rail and sea transportation industries. IER will launch a revolutionary range of ATB printers and readers incorporating the industry's newest buzzword - radio frequency identification technology (RFID). The wireless, RFID-enabled devices can make baggage handling quicker and more efficient, thus helping reduce baggage loss.

Other PROAVIA members exhibiting at the Airport Build & Supply Exhibition include France's leading airport consultant Aeroports de Paris, manufacturer of airport luggage carts Caddie Ateliers Reunis, baggage handling systems manufacturer Alstef Automation and airfield and public lighting manufacturer Thorn.

The official opening of the event will take place at 11am tomorrow at Airport Expo Dubai. Attendance is free for trade visitors.

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