TOP TIPS: How to get the most out of your visit

Michele van Akelijen, managing director of the event’s organiser, Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, offers her top tips on how to make your time at the show as profitable as possible
Dubai Airshow
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The Dubai Airshow 2019 represents the entire aerospace industry, from civil and military aviation to manufacturing and in-flight entertainment – and everything in between.

With so much on show across the five days from 17 to 21 November, attendees should plan ahead to make the most of the opportunities available.

See who will be there on the exhibitor list ahead of time, arrange to meet with your local peers by inviting them to join you, plan your schedule and meetings before you go and take advantage of the opportunities available to grow your business.

The Dubai Airshow also provides a fantastic way for those already working in aerospace or those looking to move into it to find out more about the employment opportunities available in this growing industry.

So for anyone looking for their next opportunity in aviation, from pilots and engineers to new graduates looking to enter the industry, I would advise they take advantage of the show bringing the industry together to find out more.

In the lead up to the event, make sure to visit the show website,, and engage with our social channels on LinkedIn and Twitter – @DubaiAirshow.

These will provide you with a wealth of information from opening times and travel and transport information; then nearer to opening day the list of aircraft in the flying display will also be published.

It is also imperative to define your own objectives for the Dubai Airshow before you attend. Know what you want to achieve, whether it is to meet with your existing contacts to strengthen relationships or to build new ones with potential suppliers or customers, and plan your time at the show accordingly.

If you need some insight into the aerospace industry, again see the Dubai Airshow website – there are dedicated market insights reports for a variety of specific sectors published there to help define your business focus.

Look into the conferences taking place at the Dubai Airshow 2019 too. There will be Cargo Connect on 18 November, showcasing international developments in next generation freight, automation and digital cargo; and Global Air Traffic Management (GATM), 19 to 20 November, the MENA region’s leading meeting place for the entire ATC ecosystem to network, learn and discuss innovative solutions accelerating the industry.

There will also be free to attend conferences in the Space Pavilion in partnership with the UAE Space Agency: Women in Space on 18 November and Tech Talks on 19 November. And of course, the flying display will take place from 2pm to 5pm every day of the Dubai Airshow, where you can see the latest aircraft demonstrating their abilities, as well as some fantastic aerobatic displays.

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