Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group

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Are you the next breakthrough company in the airport industry?

Airport Innovation Hub - a new initiative of The Airport Show that creates a unique platform for the marketplace in Dubai, UAE.  Connecting newly launched innovations with entrepreneurs & buyers from around the world for involvement in projects and extension to your portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa markets.

Do you have what it takes?

The Airport Innovation Hub is searching the globe for the most innovative smart airport businesses and solutions. We are looking for next-generation technologies that are available commercially and scalable that can be immediately applied with the capacity of continuous upgrade to the industry standards. This would be applicable for new small businesses (2 to 5 years), in any of the following six sectors below:

Data and Information Systems  Passenger Experience Solutions Passenger Management

Smart Security Solution Smart Operations Transportation Solutions

Apply for the Airport Innovation Hub 2019!

If you meet the criteria above, submit your application here. Submission deadline is 28 February 2019.


What’s in it for you?

Selected finalists will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exhibit their innovation at the Airport Show and have the opportunity to be a part of the B2B community and have access to the Business Connect services to help you network with professionals of your sector:

  • Request meetings with visitors & exhibitors
  • Pitch in front of international and local buyers at The Buyers’ Club Lounge
  • Be part of the recommendation emails and promotions (Website/social media/emails) sent to all pre-registered and onsite visitors 
  • Complimentary pod space at the event to display the innovations
  • Invitation to the Exhibitors Gala Dinner (one person from each company)
  • 3 nights stay Bed & Breakfast (one person from each company)

Additionally, if your innovation is accepted by any of the international/local industry buyers, distributors and end users, you will be provided with a discrete business proposition by the end of the show.



Application Process

Application process

  • To apply for the Airport Innovation Hub 2019, you will be required to fill up an application form online: https://www.theairportshow.com/smart-airports/innovation-hub/innovation-hub-application
  • Your application will be reviewed by a pre-selection committee
  • If pre-qualified, you will be asked to provide further details about your business and share additional documents and videos
  • Your application will be sent to a judging committee for a final review and voting process
  • If you are selected, we will start facilitating your participation at the Airport Innovation Hub 2019

Selection Process

Selection process timeline

  • Application submission closes on: 28 February 2019, 11:59PM (GST)
  • Pre-Selection committee meeting on: 7th March 2019
  • Final Jury committee meeting on:  28th March 2019
  • Top 10 finalist will be notified by:  1st April 2019 and will showcase within the Airport Innovation Hub - part of Airport Show in April 2019.
  • Jury Member will select the top three innovations out of 10 and will be recognized with certificate and trophy by the airport advisory board.