By Robeel Haq
The phenomenal growth of the Middle East aviation industry is a matter of pride for the entire region.
The phenomenal growth of the Middle
East aviation industry is a matter of pride for the entire region.
Countries such as the United Arab Emirates,
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have
invested millions of dollars to develop their transportation infrastructure,
while regional airlines such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways has evolved
into global powerhouses. Even international heavyweights such as British
Airways and Lufthansa have flagged the Middle East
as a major growth market for the future.
As a chance to honour our industry’s achievers and celebrate
their success, ITP Business, publisher of Aviation Business magazine, organised
its fourth annual Aviation Business Awards in Abu Dhabi last month. The event, which was
hosted in the lavish surroundings of Emirates Palace hotel, was another
monumental success and attracted hundreds of the industry’s leading
figureheads, arriving from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and even further afield from Europe and the
We include detailed coverage on the awards in this issue of
Aviation Business, with quotes from the winners and a special photo section
from the ceremony and gala dinner. As you will notice on our cover, Air Arabia
CEO Adel Ali made a big splash at the event, making a keynote speech and
collecting two trophies himself, the first for Low Cost Airline of the Year and
the second for the newly-inaugurated Hall of Fame award. Other winners included
the likes of Airbus, Oman Air, Maximus Air Cargo, Royal
Jet, Dnata and Etihad Airways. It also seems an opportune time to thank
everybody involved in the Aviation Business Awards 2010. In particular, it’s
the hard work and dedication of our prestigious judging panel that has
pushed the importance of this initiative within the industry.
In the meantime, the countdown now begins for next year’s
ceremony and we are very keen to canvass from you any comments or suggestions
for the event, either positive or negative. After all, these awards are for you
and your sector and we feel it’s important to get the entire aviation industry
involved at all levels. If you would like to provide some input, please don’t
hesitate to contact me on the email address below.
Robeel Haq, is the senior group editor of Aviation Business.