May 06-08, 2013 — Airport Show 2013 Dubai, UAE. Airport Show 2013, the Middle East’s largest event dedicated to airport technologies, operations and infrastructure, is set to grow this year when it takes place in May, building on the success of its last edition and the continued multi-billion dollar investments across the regional airports sector.
Despite the global economic slowdown, the region’s aviation sector continued to grow amid stormy headwinds. The aviation industry, which contributes $22 billion, or 28 per cent to Dubai’s gross domestic product, also plays a key role in diversifying the emirate’s economy.
That’s why the UAE – a country with a population of less than 8 million, is served by five national airlines that are all growing. Dubai is investing Dh28 billion while Abu Dhabi is investing Dh25 billion in expanding their airport capabilities – part of the $190 billion (Dh700 billion) airport development activities in the region.