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Mohammed to open air show

posted on 04/11/2001: 1566 views


The 7th international aerospace exhibition, Dubai 2001, is set to take off this morning when Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurates the Middle East's premier aviation event. The biennial event is rated among the top three globally, alongside the UK's Farnborough, and France's Le Bourget. This year's exhibition is expected to attract the largest ever number of official delegations. Also present will be Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who has recently taken on a new role as special representative for international investment and trade in support of British Trade International. Officials from 48 countries have confirmed their attendance at the show, being held at the Airport Expo complex until November 8. It has been organised by Fairs and Exhibitions in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation together with the UAE Armed Forces. The exhibition this year features over 450 companies from 33 countries, and includes 10 national pavilions. Almost all the aerospace industry majors are represented. The event has a 60:40 split between commercial and military participation, with the accent being on civil applications. Some 50 aircraft will also be on display. Industry experts agree ongoing global financial pressures will forge a change in the overall aviation industry, which will emerge fitter and stronger. They view the region as an important market, with Middle East and African carriers expected to acquire some 620 aircraft worth an estimated $50 billion by 2018. They remain optimistic about medium term prospects, with Dubai itself having for some time now launched itself on the path to economic diversification on a foundation of high-tech, business and tourism projects – all of which provide further impetus to the air travel industry. (The Gulf News)

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