Airport Expo expansion on track for completion

Airport Expo Dubai is set to see a record number of exhibitors at the show after plans to increase hall space is on target to finish in July.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  May 10, 2005

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Government of Dubai & chairman of the Emirates Group, has reviewed progress on the expansion of the Airport Expo Dubai — the purpose-built home of the Dubai air show. HH Sheikh Ahmed was given a tour of the site by Khalifa Al Zaffin, engineering & projects director, DCA. The construction of the third exhibition hall — the central hall — is expected to be completed in July ready for the show in November, however, this will be the first and last time the hall will be used for Dubai’s air show as it will then move to Jebel Ali airport. The design of the central hall allows for integral expansion of the current east and west sections, enhancing visitor free-flow through all three halls while the additional space will create new meeting and seminar rooms within the halls. “Additional investment in the Airport Expo facility is a demonstration of our commitment to the Dubai air show as an event of international stature with world-class facilities,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed. “It is also in line with the vision of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to maintain the standing of the show as among one of the best in the world,” he added. HH General Sheikh Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE defence minister, authorised the expansion plans during the last Dubai air show – Dubai 2003. During his tour of Airport Expo, HH Sheikh Ahmed heard how the entire new central hall, which will bring an additional 10,000 m² to Dubai 2005, has already been reserved by exhibitors. “The show is going well and the expansion has absorbed increasing international demand for space,” said Clive Richardson, chief executive, Aerospace Group, Fairs & Exhibitions. “Among the growing exhibitor portfolio, which to date sees exhibitors from 35 countries, there are at least 50 new-to-the-market companies looking for regional breakthroughs. The show will also have, for the first time, representation from Korea and Australia,” Richardson added. Korea representation will be through Korean Aerospace Industries, which plans to use the show for the debut of its ‘Golden Eagle’ fighter/trainer. The Airport Expo Dubai has grown rapidly since its inauguration in 1999 and Dubai 2005 will now feature a record number of chalets with an additional nine being added to the site to cater for increased demand.

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