By Gavin Gibbon
Event was scheduled to attract around 1,000 industry executives between March 17 and 19
The Global Aerospace Summit, which was due to be held in Abu Dhabi from March 17 to 19, has been postponed.
The event, set to attract high profile figures such as Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides and Saab president Micael Johansson, has been rescheduled to June, according to a report from news agency Reuters.
Around 1,000 industry executives were expected to attend the event, which was being hosted by Abu Dhabi state investment firm Mubadala and the country’s defence company EDGE, under the theme “Insight and Integration”.
The Summit brings together an exclusive group of established sector leaders with intimate and extensive knowledge in the aerospace, defence, aviation, and space industries.
The report said the decision to postpone came following directives from UAE authorities and guidance from the organisers.
Quoting an email sent to partners, it said: “Due to the international profile of Summit attendees and current travel restrictions in place driven by Covid-19, stakeholders believe postponement is necessary."
Earlier this month the Dubai International Boat Show, scheduled to take place from March 10-14, was postponed and rescheduled for November 24-28.
There are currently 45 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UAE.