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Airport Expo facilities to be doubled as demand soars

posted on 08/12/2003: 1426 views

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday opened Dubai 2003 at the Airport Expo. He announced that facilities at the Airport Expo are to be doubled to cope with the increasing demand. The expanded facilities will be ready by Dubai 2005 - the ninth international aerospace exhibition - which will run from November 20-24, 2005. The purpose-built Airport Expo Dubai was constructed in 1999 specifically for the Dubai airshow. "We will double the facilities because there is a lot of demand and we have to be ready for the future," Sheikh Mohammed said.

He expressed his satisfaction on the overall organisation of the exhibition, after a two-and-a-half hour tour of the exhibition. Among his many stops was the Sikorsky stand at the show's new Helicopter Pavilion— an innovation for Dubai 2003. The current air show is 12 per cent larger in contracted floor space than Dubai 2001. More than 550 exhibitors from 36 countries and 13 national pavilions are participating in the event, including, for the first time, Jordan and Ukraine.

Some 85 aircraft are taking part in the show - the largest number at any Dubai air show with 23 of them featuring in the daily flying display. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, said: "The show has been growing by 12 per cent and we will be building extra facilities at the Airport Expo to cope." (The Gulf News)


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