Serco sees rise in ME aviation security and technology needs

DUBAI — The security and technology requirements in the aviation industry across the Middle East will grow over the next three to five years, according to Serco Group, a pioneer in aeronautical services throughout the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region.

By Jose Franco

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Published: Sun 22 Jul 2007, 9:10 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:21 PM

Stuart Burdess, head of transport, Serco Middle East, said the increase in technology and systems integration solutions including health would be mainly due to the expansion projects of a number of airports in the Arab world.

Streamline Marketing Group, which last May did a survey on airport projects in the Middle East, said that Dh75.3 billion ($20.5 billion) was being spent on six airports in the UAE. It also said that the ongoing and planned total development and expansion projects in 61 airports across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia cost Dh220.3 billion ($60 billion).

Serco Middle East, part of the UK-based Serco Group, whose confirmed total contracts for various projects worldwide totaled Dh102 billion, was given recognition more recently by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group.

"This award reinforces that...Serco has established a reputation for providing superior services in all aeronautical disciplines," said David McGhie (not Steve McGhie as earlier reported), CEO, Serco Middle East.

Serco, which has been operating in the Middle East for 60 years, has provided aviation services and technology solutions to Dubai International Airport for 40 years. DCA manages the city's international airport, which handled 29 million air passengers last year, making it the fastest growing among the Middle East airports.

Serco has been the provider of air traffic and engineering services for Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs (BCAA) and Sharjah International Airport since 1947, the year the company began its operation in the Middle East.

It also has long-standing contracts at the airports in the UAE emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain. Through its subsidiary, IAL, Serco Middle East provides technology and systems integration solutions in the security, health, marine and aeronautical sectors.

Earlier, Burdess said the UAE would need at least Dh17.5 billion to fund an integrated public transport system projects for the next five years. This means having more than half of the Dh7 billion annual budget for public transport systems needed in the Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman until 2012.

Meanwhile, aviation officials in Dubai called for an urgent need for airport investment saying the UAE economy could fulfil its full growth potential by having the infrastructure systems needed to handle the growing demand in air travel.

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