Saturday, November 20, 2021

Rediscovering The Lost Wings: Global Aviation Sector Makes A Strong Come Back Through Dubai Airshow

As Dubai Airshow 2021, the biggest global aviation event, opened on Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai put out tweet: “Dubai is back again, and the global aviation sector is returning through Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sheikh Mohammed’s inspiring tweet lived up to the confidence it instilled since global aerospace firms shattered by a global pandemic signed commercial and defence contracts worth Dh.286.5 billion surpassing the previous edition’s total of over Dh.100 billion as the five-day, biennial event closed on Thursday.

The success of the mega event held at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central that attracted 1,200 exhibitors with 371 new firms from 148 countries, of them 13 first-time participants, sends a strong message that the worst of the pandemic is over, and the world may finally be on the road to recovery.

Alaa Elshimy, managing director and senior vice president of Enterprises Business Group, Huawei Middle East says that the aviation sector which experienced disruption due to Covid-19 is seeing better than expected recovery. This and the admirable recovery of Dubai International Airport mean the Middle East will have a strong head-start over the competition, Elshimy added.

The Airshow that also featured more than 160 of the world’s most advanced aircraft on ground and in air had pitted two major manufacturers, namely Airbus and Boeing against each other in the crucial Middle-East market filled with long-haul carriers connecting the East and the West. The event, however, was dominated by Airbus with 408 aircraft orders – 269 firm and 139 commitments.

20/11/21 Mediawire/Times of India

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