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Reed Exhibitions Middle East hosted the latest edition of its Airport Show in Dubai last week, with participation from 160 exhibitors in total, including the likes of Cavotec Middle East, Bayanat Airports Engineering and Supplies, CEM Systems and Siemens Middle East.
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The three-day event, which took place at Dubai Airport Expo, was opened by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of Emirates Group.
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'A large number of exhibitors at the Airport Show 2011 launched new and innovative technological solutions at par with the developments in the global aviation sector, thus contributing to the region's industry, which has maintained a consistent rate of growth in spite of the challenges surrounding economic sectors in different regions of the world,' states Mohamad Bader-Eddin, show director at REED Exhibitions Middle East.
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'In addition to that, several exhibitors have inked deals worth millions of dirhams at the exhibition, in areas related to technology for aviation, security services and control of airport operations and passenger traffic, as well as technology for handling and shipping, or other areas relating to airports. This only reinforces our conviction about the event providing a genuine platform for the industry, and justifies the effort spent on organising this exhibition,' adds Mohamad Bader-Eddin, show director at REED Exhibitions Middle East.
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A hosted buyers programme was held as part of the exhibition for direct interaction between exhibitors and buyers in a dedicated professional environment, with a total of 63 members invited from companies such as Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Al Ain International Airport, Bahrain International Airport, Beirut International Airport, Doha International Airport and King Khaled International Airport.
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'We worked hard to offer comprehensive business development platform, bringing together exhibitors and their most valuable counterparts ? creating value-added matchmaking activities that enable all participants to interact with the right prospects, do business with them, and exchange experiences,' states Mohamad Bader-Eddin, show director at REED Exhibitions Middle East.
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'This year, we had more hosted buyers than last year, maximising the networking and business opportunities during the three days,' adds Mohamad Bader-Eddin, show director at REED Exhibitions Middle East.
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One of the biggest deals at the trade show was announced by Cavotec, a global engineering group and airport systems integrator, which has exhibited at the Airport Show every year since the show's inception in 2000. It secured a breakthrough order to supply advanced ground and support equipment for a dedicated Emirates Airline A380 terminal at Dubai International Airport.
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The multi-million dirham contract was awarded by construction contractor ALEC to commission, supply and supervision the installation of 58 pre-conditioned air (PCAir) and 400Hz power pop-up pit systems at the forthcoming Concourse 3. Delivery is due to start in the third quarter of this year, with commissioning planned for 2012.
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Another major announcement came from Fujairah International Airport, which issued contracts worth AED10 million to Ales for the supply of air traffic control systems - consisting of radar data displays, voice and data recording system, flight data processing system and ATC simulator - as well as ERA for advanced surveillance solutions based on multilateration and ADS-B technology, suitable for all stages of flights from surface covering to en route.