Middle East armed air forces and companies providing commercial air services need to invest in state-of-the-art technologies as current equipment becomes outdated, according to the Saudi-based Al-Raha Group for Technical Services (RGTS), a provider of aircraft spare parts, logistics, and repair and refurbishment of aircraft ground support equipment (AGE), which will debut at November’s Dubai air show, the world’s fastest growing aerospace exhibition.
The Riyadh-headquartered company anticipates further growth in demand for its services, due to regional expansion and since technology has become an essential requirement to sustain high standards for military and commercial aircraft spare parts, supply chain management systems, repair and refurbishment of AGE, data management and training of personnel.
“RGTS’ strategy is to be the gateway to the maintenance and spare parts facility in the region by developing self-sustainability thereby minimising the dependence on outside resources for such services. At this year’s Dubai air show we expect to contact both military and commercial agencies in order to present RGTS and pursue future business opportunities,” said Yahya Al-Saadi CEO, RGTS.
Several international companies have requested RGTS to represent them or enter into partnership with them in the Middle East. RGTS is expanding in the GCC and will expand soon in the neighbouring countries.
RGTS is planning to host a series of logistics and technology efficiency seminars at the show, where it will mount a high profile delegation.
So far six aerospace and defence specialists from the Kingdom have confirmed participation at Dubai 2005, the ninth international aerospace exhibition, to be held from 20 – 24 November at Airport Expo Dubai.
“Early support from Saudi Arabia is coming in fast and we are looking forward to welcoming RGTS to Dubai for the first time,” said Clive Richardson, Chief Executive, Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E), the organizers of Dubai air show.
“Confirmations from the rest of the Middle East are also strong with more than eight months before the show and so far we have signed contracts with companies from across the GCC and the Levant, including Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon.”
To date, exhibitors from 35 countries, including 13 national or industry pavilions, have signed on for Dubai 2005 which is set to be the biggest Dubai air show in the event’s history.
Dubai 2005 is organized by F&E in conjunction with the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and in co-operation with the UAE Armed Forces.