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Dubai air show to expand its training pavilion

Dubai air show organisers announce it is increasing the training and simulation pavilion after a flood of interest from across the globe.

The training and simulation pavilion at this year’s Dubai air show has expanded in order to meet strong international demand. The pavilion, which will be making its first appearance at the air show, currently has had interest from a number of companies from North America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, but this is expected to rise.

“We have allocated 25% more space to this pavilion than what we originally planned, after we received a healthy response both locally and globally,” said Clive Richardson, chief executive, aerospace division, Fairs & Exhibitions, the organiser of the Dubai air show.

“Training is currently a hot topic within the Middle East, which is not surprising given the amount of recruitment being undertaken by the fast-growing carriers of the region and the huge investment being ploughed into civil aviation development,” said Richardson.

“While we initially envisaged the pavilion serving the more specific needs of the air defence sector, it would now appear that the military and civil aviation segments are expanding in tandem,” he added.

Middle East’s expanding carriers are all heavily involved in recruitment and training already, with Emirates Airlines recently disclosing it is conducting more than 6000 recruitment exercises to acquire more cabin crew, flight ops staff, managers, engineers and airport staff. Air traffic control is also another area where training is in strong regional demand as the civil aviation authorities move towards the employment of nationals in this sector.

“At Dubai Civil Aviation we have a training plan for nationals for the next five years which should see five Emiratis a year qualifying as air traffic controllers,” explained Mansoor Taher, general manager, air traffic services, Department of Civil Aviation, Dubai. “The trend is also being repeated throughout the Gulf as airports expand. While most of our training requirements are outsourced, our suppliers will need to expand their own resources and equipment to meet this demand.”

Confirmed exhibitors for the training and simulation pavilion at Dubai 2005, which is being held in November, include Canada’s CAE, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, Scandinavia’s SAS Flight Academy and the Australian International Aviation Training Agency among others.

“Since our recent participation at the Paris air show we have been inundated with enquiries from potential Dubai exhibitors, many emanating from the training and simulation sector,” said Alison Weller, project manager, Fairs & Exhibitions, Dubai air show.

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