The Middle East's aviation industry is becoming synonymous for record breaking figures and 'world first' announcements, so it will come as no surprise that this month's Airport Show in Dubai has become the world's largest.
Now in its eighth year, the event has grown in popularity and visitors will witness a line-up of more than 550 exhibitors.
The Airport Show is truly a global platform for all the latest developments in the industry and in this issue we bring you all the current news on the exhibition, conference agenda and topic debates taking place over the three-day event.
This year the conference agenda has been split into sections making it easier for delegates to prioritise their time and ensure they hear the keynote speeches relevant to their area.
Also in this issue of Airport Middle East we talk to insurance brokers, Willis Aerospace to get the heads up on the global issues affecting aviation insurance limits and premiums today, and discover if perfecting your risk management profile can really make a difference to your overall insurance costs.
Airport Middle East also joins the debate surrounding the recruitment shortage facing the region.
This is a topic that has been widely debated of late, and as many expansion projects forge ahead or near completion we catch up with major airport managers to find out their best-laid plans for combating the potentially damaging industry skills shortage.
Planning is also the topic of discussion in this month's 'Departure Lounge' feature as we come face-to-face with Dave Poltarak, managing director and vice president of Arinc.
The company's technology is helping staff at Dubai International's new terminal plan for the unexpected, but how realistic is this approach when the day finally comes to flip the switch?
Sarah Cowell is the editor of Airport Middle East. RELATED LINK:The Airport Show preview
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