Opinion and Editorial

KT Edit: Future of flying begins in Dubai

Filed on November 18, 2019 | Last updated on November 18, 2019 at 10.48 pm

The success of Emirates and Dxb as a major international hub makes this city spread its wings further.

Global headwinds will not hold back Dubai's aviation success story that has become the stuff of dreams. Thirty years after the inaugural Dubai Air Show, the event continues to turn heads across continents. The emirate unleashes the spirit of flying like no other modern city does. There is glamour, excitement, technology and big deals are struck in quick succession that make it profitable to venture out into global businesses from the metropolis. Dubai brings a sense of adventure for people travelling long distances; it seamlessly connects the East and the West, and brings people together in the quest for greater partnership. This metropolis pushes the limits; it makes boundaries disappear in the skies as it soars to new horizons with eye-popping agreements between major airlines and manufacturers on the tarmac. There is comfort in striking deals here for leading airline companies who are all praise for the aviation infrastructure. Dubai must be credited for inspiring us as it soared to become the centre of the aviation world.

It has turned around the fortunes of the Middle East and has made the region a cool destination for travellers. But no one expected it to happen back in 1989 when Dubai took baby steps on the global flying scene. 'Legacy' carriers ruled the skies those days. Emirates, was only four years old back then. Today it has become the world's leading airline that is on an expansion spree. The success of Emirates and DXB as a major international hub gives this city the confidence to spread its wings further. There are no brakes on expansion activity and there is little room rest despite the laurels started coming its way. Indeed the city's flying culture is taking people places. Everyone is welcome: luxury and affordability fly hand in hand, and the experience has been worth it. The Dubai Air Show lays the groundwork for happier journeys. Emirates again set the pace with a stunning $16-billion agreement for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft on Monday. The show ties in nicely with the UAE's space ambitions. Hazzaa Al Mansoori's recent trip to the International Space Station opens up the aerospace sector that is right in the middle of the action where the stakes are high and imagination is endless.

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