(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) When it takes off on May 11 for a three-day run at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre's (DICEC) three spacious exhibition halls, the 14th edition of Airport Show, with substantial growth in number of exhibitors, exhibition space, hosted buyers and delegates, is all set to provide a successful platform for the aviation industry professionals to explore the latest technology and innovation, debate the growth challenges and opportunities and develop networking and new customer base.
The sold-out B2B event is designed for the airport procurement, supplies, solutions and technology and it has remained in the forefront of meeting the industry's expectations. In the Middle East region, estimated US100bn investments are planned for airports expansion and new developments, including US40bn in the GCC. According to IATA, the Middle East is expected to have the third fastest growth rate at 6.6 per cent until 2016, making it the second-fastest growing aviation market. Organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East and supported among others by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Airports, Dubai Avition Engineering Projects (DAEP), the iconic event is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, president of DCAA, chairman of Dubai Airports and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group. Sheikh Ahmed said, ''Airport Show and its co-located events, GALF and Travel Catering Expo (TCE) will contribute to our combined efforts to promote the ongoing success of a thriving aviation industry. The event mirrors the aviation industry's robust growth and the region's economic resilience. Airports in the MENA region are projected to cater for 400mn passengers by 2020. Billions are being invested to provide the additional airport capacity required to accommodate the anticipated demand.'' This year's show will occupy a gross exhibition space of 12,600sq m, an increase of nine per cent. The number of exhibitors has surged 11 per cent to reach the 250 mark. A record 39 countries will be represented at the show, including eight new entrants -Estonia, India, Libya, Luxemburg, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Thailand. More than 64 per cent of the exhibitors at the sold-out 2013 edition are returning to this year's show.