The Dubai Airshow takes place over five days this month, from 17 to 21 November. Aerospace professionals from every corner of the globe will descend on the UAE to get hands-on with the latest in cutting-edge aviation technology. A host of new features and conferences promise a more educational experience. But that is just five days to see all the kit and companies you want to and just five days to negotiate. So make sure to read our guide on how to prepare for the show.
Over 1,000 exhibitors – 1,300 to be precise – are expected to grace Dubai Airshow’s halls. Despite the challenges faced by the global aviation market, not least rising costs, the industry clearly recognises a need to invest. The number and calibre of exhibitors at this year’s show indicates that every part of the supply chain is keen to grab new opportunities and enter new markets. While companies today tend to be cautious, most understand that there is no substitution for getting in front of their customers.
With more exhibitors comes a greater pull for delegates. It is hardly surprising then that 2019’s show anticipates 10% more trade visitors than the previous event. Dubai Airshow expects to usher 87,000 trade professionals through its doors over the course of the five days. A host of new exhibitors means new opportunities for the thousands of delegates. You can expect footfall to be heavy and stands to be busy so it is advisable to get in touch with exhibitors you want to see ahead of the show.
The airshow will once again feature a static display of the latest civil, defence and business aircraft, with up to 165 aircraft expected at this year’s static display. The attendees will also get to see plenty of them demonstrating their capabilities in the flying display, with aerobatic displays and demonstrations from a wide range of aircraft and helicopters. Consistently a strong draw for trade exhibitors, the static display will allow delegates to get up close and personal with the hardware their businesses demand.
In 2017, the Dubai Airshow produced an order book of $113.8 billion. With hopes to clock even more orders this year, we could see significant spend as the largest players sit round the table to negotiate industry-shifting deals. More exhibitors and more delegates than ever before suggests that the show may be on-track to witness a substantial order book, which organisers – and exhibitors – hope will top that of 2017. If orders in 2019 exceed previous levels, it will say a lot for the industry’s health.
With 80% of the world’s population located within eight hours of one of the UAE’s airports, the Dubai Airshow is where the industry comes to make connections. The Middle East is widely regarded as one of the world’s most central locations, which makes the show a unique place for companies from tens of countries to gather. According to Michele van Akelijen, managing director of show organisers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East: “Anyone who is anyone in aerospace should be there.”