By Safura Rahimi
The energy giant is looking to tap into the Middle East's multi-billion dollar airport projects.
Petrochemical giant Shell is in plans to strengthen its presence in the Middle Eastern aviation industry, it was announced today.
The move is part of the company's bid to tap into some of the new airport infrastructure projects planned for the region.
Shell is the region's largest supplier of fuel lubricants, services and bitumen for the aviation industry.
"The Middle Eastern aviation industry is currently witnessing major transformation, as many new projects and upgrades are planned to cater to airline expansions, tourist arrivals and competition among regional aviation authorities," said Patrick Romeo, general manager for Shell's Aviation Division in MENA and South and Central Asia.
"Our products received a lot of industry interest at the recent [seventh annual Airport Show in Dubai], and we look forward to consolidating our position as a major player in the fastest growing aviation market in the world," he added.
Dubai is the aviation hub of the Middle East, with over AED 290 billion ($79 billion) worth of infrastructure projects planned for the emirate.
In the first quarter of 2007, the passenger thoroughfare at the Dubai International Airport crossed the eight million mark for the first time.