The aviation world’s eyes will be focused on Dubai this week as one of the biggest shows of the aerospace and defence industry, the Dubai Airshow, gets underway, with local media expecting mega-deal.
The last Dubai Airshow drew 79,380 trade visitors and 1,200 exhibitors from 63 countries — with orders booked in excess of $113.8 billion. This year, the numbers are expected to be bigger.
The Dubai Airshow 2019, hosted by Dubai World Central (DWC), is one of the largest such events in the world, and the biggest of its kind in the Middle East.
According to local officials although more visitors and exhibitors attend the larger Farnborough and Paris events, the Dubai Airshow has staged the biggest deals.
This week’s event will be a showcase for the world’s aviation giants, and billions of dollars worth of civilian and military aircraft deals are expected to be signed. Some 1,300 companies from 160 countries are taking part in the event 165 in addition to 165 civilian and military aircraft.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday tweeted: “Last edition, the show was rounded off with deals worth $113 billion. We are looking forward to an exceptional edition, starting from tomorrow at Dubai World Central (DWC), the new global terminal in the world of airports.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the show, on Sunday, along with Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, with Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also toured the grounds.