By Ali Hirji
The Global Transport Forum is conducting its annual Airport Evolution forum in Abu Dhabi later this month, following its success during last year’s event. Speakers from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Etihad airlines?will be present to discuss aviation, logistics, infrastructure and how to prosper in an already booming industry.
During the press meeting held in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Conference Producer Giulia Lorenzini talked about the aims of the forum. ?We are not a massive exhibition, rather a select forum of speakers who are airport visionaries and will be able to come out with clear ideas and strategies for airport projects in the MENA region,? she added.
Also present at the press meeting was Saleh Elenany, a seasoned Middle Eastern journalist and media consultant for the Global Transport Forum.
The Global Transport Forum estimates 150 to 200 delegates will participate in the two-day event starting on 25 October, 2011 in Abu Dhabi. Delegates will be able to hear from speakers like Abdul Wahab Teffah from the Arab Air Carriers Organisation and Paul Bennett from IBM. Both companies are the main sponsors of the event.
Emerging markets have spent around US$160 billion in airport infrastructure and expansion, out of which only US $50 billion is accounted to the Middle East. The forum aims to give delegates advice on financing airport infrastructure, optimising air traffic control, and other important issues. Speakers will also be involving the delegates in discussions during the forum feedback session, making it a more interactive and useful way of sharing information.
?Compared to last year, we have been able to increase our major sponsors from three to five, which also includes Deutsche Bank for the first time,? Giulia Lorenzini explained.
The forum will focus on an already booming airport industry in the Middle East, with airports like Dubai International Airport and King Abdul Aziz International Airport Jeddah, leading the trend. Both airports have spent around US$ 7.8 billion on?expansion and modernisation projects during the last year.