Dubai Airports 'pleased' with Huawei amid US blacklist

Huawei provides technology to more than 50 airports around the world, including Dubai and Singapore
Dubai Airports 'pleased' with Huawei amid US blacklist
Huawei provides IT and communications technology to over 50 airports and 15 airlines around the world, including Singapore’s Changi Airport Group and Dubai Airports.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Mon 10 Jun 2019 09:24 AM

Dubai Airports is “pleased” with its relationship with Huawei despite a US blacklisting over national security concerns, according to a spokesperson.

Huawei provides IT and communications technology to over 50 airports and 15 airlines around the world, including Singapore’s Changi Airport Group and Dubai Airports.

The services also include video surveillance technology and cloud systems.

“Based on our evaluation of their capability as a supplier and their fulfilment of our criteria, Dubai Airports partnered with Huawei for a modular data centre project to boost reliability and operational reliance,” the spokesperson told Arabian Business.

The spokesperson added that “the facility was delivered on time and to specification and we have been pleased with the outcome and the professionalism of all parties involved.”

Earlier this week, Eman Liu, the president of Huawei’s global transportation unit, said the company’s aviation business has so far been untouched by the American blacklisting.

“Until now, there is no effect,” he said at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) conference in South Korea.

According to Liu, the company’s customers present at the event pledged to “keep cooperating” despite US pressure.

“Because this trust is not one day trust,” he added. “It’s a long-term trust for the past 15 years, even 30 years.”

Around the world, a number of countries have also blocked Huawei from working on their mobile network, and a number of prominent firms have stepped back from the company.

“We cannot change the situation right now because we are businessmen,” he said. “But we hope the United States can change their way.”

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