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Air show to get a third hall to meet increased demand

Air show to get a third hall to meet increased demand

Airport Expo Dubai, the purpose-built home of the Dubai air show, is to get a third hall to cope with increased space demand for the world’s fastest growing aerospace exhibition.
Details of the expansion were unveiled at the Farnborough International air show by Virginia Kern, chairman, Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E), organisers of the Dubai 2005 air show.

“The design allows for integral expansion of the current East and West halls creating visitor free-flow through all three halls,” explained Kern. “The additional space will also allow us to create new meeting and seminar rooms within the halls.”
“Foundation work on the new facilities will begin in October this year and will be completed in time for Dubai 2005.”

The planned new Central Hall will link the existing East and West halls and the Airport Expo’s expansive reception building and will bring an additional 10 000 m2 of space to the Dubai air show.

Commenting on the new expansion, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and Chairman of the Emirates Group said: “This development lives up to the commitment of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, given at the Dubai 2003 air show, to expand the air show site to prepare for future demand.”

The Airport Expo Dubai, the permanent home of the Dubai air show since 1999, has been hailed by the international aerospace industry as a world-class venue. However, growth in the Dubai air show – Dubai 2003 was the largest to date with 12% additional contracted floor space than Dubai 2001 – led to the expansion demand. “The 2003 show was a sell-out, and already we have many new companies signing up and existing exhibitors looking to grow, hence the additional space is vital to meet 2005 demand,” said Clive Richardson, Chief Executive, Aerospace Group, F&E. “Now with detailed site plans, the stand allocation for Dubai 2005 starts in earnest.” Dubai 2005, which will be held from November 20-24, will also feature a series of initiatives likely to drive demand even further.

“We have for the first time introduced an unmanned aerial vehicle arena and are actively pursuing the feasibility of a training and simulation pavilion,” explained Alison Weller, Project Manager, F&E. “We are also considering the introduction of special zones for small-to-medium-size exhibitors which will be deliberately located within the halls to increase visibility of this exhibitor segment.”

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