Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced the launch of the first and only exhibition dedicated to general aviation in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi Air Expo. The exhibition will be hosted at Al Bateen Executive Airport, the region’s only dedicated private jet airport, in March 2012.
The Middle East’s general aviation sector witnessed significant growth of 30% in 2009 versus 2010 and currently represents more than 10% of the world market share, making it the ideal location for such an exclusive event. Abu Dhabi Air Expo will allow exhibitors to bring aircraft to the static display and share the latest innovations in the general aviation industry. The event which will include nearly 70,000 m² of exhibition space will showcase over 100 aircraft and bring together nearly 300 distributors offering their products and services. 15,000 visitors are expected to attend from the GCC, Levant, North Africa, and as far afield as Asia and South Africa.
H.E. Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, said: “ADAC is proud to host the first exhibition dedicated to general aviation in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, a premium international destination for business and leisure travelers offering world class facilities and attractions. The impressive 40% increase in traffic that Al Bateen Airport has achieved during the first half of this year makes it the perfect hub for aviation professionals and enthusiasts to share the latest developments in the industry. The Middle East is a very dynamic region for aviation and hosting this event will allow the aviation sector to boost its growth and create more business deals.”
Abu Dhabi Air Expo will be brought to the UAE by ADAC in conjunction with Adone, the organizers and host of the Cannes Airshow held in Cannes, France over the past 5 years. With the strong track record of Adone, combined with the growth trend in the UAE aviation industry, bringing this exhibition to Abu Dhabi is a natural evolvement.
Major participants from international general aviation companies are expected to be exhibiting at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, coming to the Middle East for the first time. The show will act as a catalyst bringing pilots over to witness firsthand what general aviation has to offer. With everything available on exhibit, from pilot gears and accessories to aircraft for sale, Abu Dhabi Air Expo will deliver the real excitement of flying.