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Dubai Airshow 2009 venue preparations in full flight

posted on 16/07/2008: 1815 views



Farnborough - Having firmly cemented its reputation as the world's third largest aerospace exhibition, the Dubai Airshow - which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007 - is gearing up for a move to its new home next year, at the Dubai World Central aviation city in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

Speaking on the sidelines of Farnborough International Airshow, F'&'E Aerospace, the Dubai Airshow organisers, revealed plans are well underway for the next outing of the biennial showcase - widely revered as the fastest growing aviation show in the world's fastest growing aerospace region.

With over half of the total 43,820 square metres of exhibition space already contracted for next year's Dubai Airshow, organisers are confident that the majority of the remaining area will be reserved during this week at Farnborough.

The new Dubai Airshow site will cover 425,000 square metres - double the size of its former venue at Airport Expo Dubai - and will be housed in a semi-permanent structure for its first outing before moving to a permanent facility for 2011.

The 2009 site, although a semi-permanent structure, will boast some of the most modern facilities seen anywhere. We have everything we've had in previous years plus more. In addition, the reception building and support facilities is expected to double in size to cope with the increased number of trade visitors and we have also swelled the number of restaurants and press facilities. The site will also have a dedicated flying control centre onsite.

F'&'E Aerospace has expanded the chalet line for 2009 to 140 - with over 50 percent of these already being booked. The chalets will also be enlarged to offer more space and flexibility for exhibitors. Car parking facilities will be significantly increased with space for more than 4,000 cars available, rising to 7,000 for subsequent events. Another major plus for the event will be that from 2012, the site will be linked to the Dubai Metro - the emirate-wide mass transport system which is currently under construction.

Dubai Airshow 2007 boasted 850 exhibitors and 11 national pavilions representing 50 countries - 130 of these being new to the region. 45,420 visitors attended over the five days - 10,000 more than in 2005 - and over 140 aircraft were displayed on the static park, which has given the organisers a considerable platform to work from for the 2009 outing. In addition, the show also saw over US$150 billion worth of orders placed during its five days and now holds the record for the largest amount of deals ever concluded at one event. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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