By Sam Bridge
Dubai Airshow 2019 was hailed a success on Thursday by exhibitors, delegates and sponsors
Dubai Airshow 2019 was hailed a success on Thursday by exhibitors, delegates and sponsors alike, as orders exceeded $54 billion over the course of the event.
With more than 1,288 exhibitors in attendance, 161 aircraft on the event’s static display, and a packed schedule of conferences and keynotes, the programme was the show’s busiest to date - with a footfall of 84,043 trade attendees.
Michele van Akelijen, managing director of show organisers Tarsus F&E Middle East, said: “We always want to outperform our last show, and 2019 has gone above and beyond expectation, with so much great business being done alongside an engaging and innovative programme of conferences, exhibits and flying displays.
“We have already seen exhibitors rebooking for the next edition, and we look forward greatly to seeing what the next two years of aerospace development will bring to out 2021 edition.”
She added that the Dubai Airshow will return from November 14-18 2021.
Among those taking stands were 100 new exhibitors, including Saudi Arabia’s The Helicopter Company whose CEO Yahya Homoud Alghoraibi said the firm’s first show had been “very successful”.
“We have done more than we expected, we have met and had discussions with a lot of companies and we have seen a lot of customers and shown our aircraft to many people as well, so we are very happy with what has taken place,” he said.
Also making its debut this year was EDGE, a group comprising 25 local entities working in five aerospace capability clusters, which launched shortly before the show.
Among the firms sitting under the EDGE umbrella is Al-Tariq, and its CEO Theunis Botha said: “EDGE has been very well received. We have been very busy and have been inundated with requests and interest from several friendly nations around us. I think we’ve had an excellent show, with lively interest in the product range that we’re offering, and this is exciting stuff.”
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