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Up to 150 Aircraft on Display at the next week’s Dubai Airshow

More than 1000 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors expected to attend Dubai Airshow – Middle East’s biggest airshow

Dates: 17 to 21 November 2013

Up To 150 Aircraft On Display At Next Week’s Dubai Airshow
Up To 150 Aircraft will be on display at the next week’s Dubai Airshow. Photo-provided

The Dubai Airshow will welcome up to 150 aircraft on the static display next week; with some appearing for the first time in the Middle East. The Dubai Airshow takes place 17 to 21 November 2013 and is moving to a new purpose built home at Dubai World Central (DWC), located in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

The 13th edition is set to be the largest in the show’s 26 year history, with more than 1,000 exhibitors and up to 60,000 trade visitors expected – up 5% and 7% respectively from 2011.

The daily flying demonstration will take place between 2pm and 5pm approx.; displaying a full range of both civil and military aircraft, including the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing’s F/A 18 Super Hornet and making its debut in the Gulf – the A400M.

Meanwhile, the static park will feature the Bell/Boeing V-22 Tilt Rotor, Qatar Airways B787-8 Dreamliner, Emirates A380; amongst the power line up of new to show aircraft is the Boeing CH-47F Chinook.

The static will also showcase various types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as Adcom’s United-40 and Adasi’s Aerostat 200; plus over 50 business aircraft comprising of family fleets from all the major OEMs including Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Dassault Aviation. Attendees will experience first hand many of the industry’s key aircraft parked on the static at the Dubai Airshow.

The flying display will see the return of the UAE’s very own aerobatics team, the Al Fursan – which will fly Alenia Aermacchi aircraft along with the Red Arrows from the UK, flying the dual control BAE Systems Hawk T1.

Sharief Fahmy, CEO, F&E Aerospace said: “The number of aircraft booked is a testament to the strength of the show; consisting of both commercial and military. The Dubai Airshow static and aerial display historically has always been visually impressive and this year’s show will be no different – the Dubai Airshow takes place every 2 years, so it’s an event not to be missed!”

Dubai Airshow – A Game Changer

“The days where air shows were dominated by Paris and Farnborough are gone,” Saj Ahmad, a chief analyst with StrategicAero Research told CNN.

Here’s why a few reasons on why Dubai is at the centre of aviation in the MiddleEast and Dubai Airshow is a game changer:

Meanwhile, Dubai’ Airshow website reveals stats on the Middle East aerospace industry:

  • US$400bn is expected to be invested in Middle East airlines and airports in the near future
  • 250,000 jobs in Dubai supported by aviation
  • US$22bn contributed to Dubai’s economy
  • US$62.9bn revenue generated by regional military air market by 2020

CNN has come out with a cool infographic on ‘Aviation Ambitions in the Middle East‘, with stats on the major regional hubs of the MiddleEast : Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Riyadh.

Aviation Ambitions in the Middle East. Image courtesy-CNN

Middle Eastern business aviation market growing significantly

Over 220 business aviation focussed companies are participating in Dubai Airshow.

Amongst some of the key business aviation exhibitors are: Aurora Aviation, Execujet Middle East, Jetex, Bombardier, Embraer and Royal Jet.

The purpose built show site will offer a larger static park where over 50 business aircraft will be on display including family fleets from all the major OEMs including Gulfstream and Dassault Aviation.

Business aviation continues to play increasingly important role within the Middle East region, helping to sustain current economic activity and drive new developments within the market; as emphasised by the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) – the Middle East’s business aviation market is expected to reach Dh3.67 billion ($1 billion) by 2018, and by 2020 and the regional fleet size of registered business jets is expected to cross 1,375.

Arabian Gazette will be curating all the top news, tweets, photos and videos from the event on Storify. Here’s our first story on Dubai Airshow- What’s in store.

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