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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Welcome to the preview of the 18th edition of Airport Show!

We are excited to once again be the meeting place for thousands of airport professionals and hundreds of regional and international solution providers. 

This year we have more pavilions including: China, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, North America, Portugal, Switzerland and UK.

We also welcome new co-located events: Air Traffic Control Forum and Airport Security Middle East in addition to CAPA- Centre of Aviation Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF) and Women in Aviation General Assembly. 

Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge for all professionals and trade visitors (above 18 years old) if they register online in advance.

Opening Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Opening Ceremony: 7 May 2018 (10:30am)


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To know more about the launches, visit the product directory 



Our valued attendees to Airport Show are invited to join us in shaping the acceleration of innovation for future airports.

Industry professionals will receive ready-to-post social media messages by email which they can share across their network via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, WhatsApp and Pinterest, or email promoting themselves as ambassadors of the industry.

The ambassador with the most engagement will be invited to join the Gala Dinner taking place on the evening of day 2 on 8 May 2018 and recognized as part of our new Innovation Awards as ‘Best industry ambassador of the year’.





See the full list of Exhibitors here

Airport passenger experience will only get better with AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is steadily riding a growth wave across diverse industries and the world. AI can do most of the things that humans can do, they can think much better than humans, translate and understand over 85 languages as well as read and write.

According to an Accenture survey, 79% of executives it surveyed agreed that AI will help accelerate technology adoption throughout their organizations. 85% reported they will invest extensively in AI-related technologies over the next three years.

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For more airport-related news and updates, visit the Airport Show Blog 



Global Airport Leaders’ Forum

Global Airport Leaders' Forum

The Global Airport Leaders' Forum brings together global airport leaders to discuss key strategic issues and challenges facing airports as new technologies come online and tougher regulations create downward pressure on traditional revenue streams. The forum will explore how airports can adapt their business models, implement smart innovations and embrace collaborative partnerships with airlines to adapt and flourish in the digital age.

Gain insights from keynotes and interactive panels focusing on:

  • “Smart airport” responses to IT and automation challenges
  • Opportunities in airport retailing
  • Enhancing the passenger experience
  • Airline-airport partnership opportunities
  • Airport privatisation and infrastructure financing
  • A-CDM and passenger communications
  • The future of robotics
  • The rise of the Aerotropolis

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Women in Aviation General Assembly

Women In Aviation

An all-encompassing look at women who work in aviation and what lies ahead will come up for review and debate at the 3rd Women in Aviation General Assembly.

Learn about future growth indicators for aviation across the Middle East and Africa, how to develop programs that inspire young students to pursue aerospace careers and more.

The conference will discuss the following topics:

  • Business Leaders in Aviation
  • Airports Management - What defines a best airport: a closer look at the ambitious airport plans in the Middle East
  • Women in Aerospace
  • Women in Space

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NEW: Live Seminar Stage – free to attend

Live Seminar Stage

Free to attend for all visitors, hear from the experts on projects in the region and what solutions they found. Different days cover different segments of the industry.


Live Seminar Stage will discuss the following topics:

  • State of The Art Suspect Bag Tracking System
  • Wifi, The Ideal Service To Create Value In The Airport
  • Embrace the future; Happy passengers from security to gate
  • An Intelligent Process For Efficient Baggage Handling
  • How Can Airports Maintain Safe, Efficient Ground Handling
  • The Endless Runway
  • Seamless Passenger experience
  • And many more

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Airport Security Middle East Conference

Airport Security Conference

The Airport Security conference will bring together global and regional aviation, security, government, policy and business leaders and experts, to share their insights and discuss potential risks, regional security projects and how to successfully implement new security strategies and technologies. The conference will also play an important role in examining regional challenges with regards to airport security, information sharing, digital protection, risk management, screening and technologies of the future.


Meet the Speakers:

ATC Forum Conference

ATC Forum Conference

Civil aviation provides the only rapid worldwide transportation network, which makes it essential for global business and tourism. The air transport infrastructure; aircraft, runways, airport terminals and airspace, together form the air transport system.

Advances in technology along with sustained long-term traffic growth, has increased the interdependence of this infrastructure and its users; aircraft operators, airports and air navigation service providers, across the globe. This underscores the importance of implementation of the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan, setting the framework for the next decade of civil aviation.

Sessions will cover: 

  • CAPA global traffic forecast
  • Remote Tower operations: Implementing the largest fully-capable remote tower in the world by operational scale
  • Drones: Working together to integrate manned and unmanned aircraft in controlled airspace to ensure safe skies for everyone
  • Defining the future role of the ATCO in the automation age
  • Integration of tower systems: Applying latest-generation tools to increase safety levels and manage more flights at a lower cost
  • The Evolution of Data Link: A Global Picture
  • Space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data as an alternative to traditional terrestrial platforms

All attendees can enjoy coffee networking and lunch.

Register your interest to attend this year’s Summit here


The online digital business matchmaking platform is getting more and more interactive – don’t miss out on the opportunity to book meetings with exhibitors before the event and create your digital agenda!

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'Business Connect Live’ is exclusively designed to give exhibitors the opportunity to hear new airport projects and developments from renowned ‘Project Leaders’ in the region.

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If you are yet to register for FREE entry, you can do so here to unlock your digital matchmaking account.

Meet the buyers:

Eng. Ahmed H. Alsafi

Eng. Ahmed H. Alsafi

Head of Construction Project Section - Project Department
Directorate General of Civil Aviation – Kuwait Airport

With 14 years of experience in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in Kuwait and managing various projects in Kuwait Airport, Ahmad Hamed Al Safi is currently the Head of Constructional projects in the Projects Department in KIA.

Ongoing projects:

  • Runway extensions and the new control tower
  • Design and construction of new administration building
  • Redesign and construction new central runway in KIA

Log in to Business Connect to book your meetings before the event here

Osama Abd Latif Ahmed

Osama Abd Latif Ahmed

VP Cargo Operation

Osama is VP Cargo Operation from EGYPTAIR Cargo and has worked in the company since 1983. Born in 1958, Osama graduated in the Faculty of Foreign Trade in 1980 and escalated his education studying a Diploma in Import and Export in 1985.

EGYPTAIR CARGO is in progress to:

  • Carry out the project to extend the current cargo facility towards the ramp adding an area of 15,000 square meters to current complex, this project was set as a replacement of the future expansion areas stated in National Strategy concerning the extension of EGYPTAIR CARGO facilities at Cairo airport. Start date: May 2018
  • Obtain IATA CEIV Pharma Certificate within the next year
  • Update the website to keep up with the latest developments
  • Activate Barcode Label in Jun 2018
  • Activate RFID Label for cargo tracking within the next year
  • Convert three aircraft of type A330-200 P2F. The new fleet will replace the aged one. The first aircraft will join in August 2018

Future Plans:

  • Obtain IATA CEIV for Live Animals Logistics certificate within the next two years
  • Add 2 small aircrafts to enable to reach the African market and enable the efficient manoeuvring between different fleet types within the next two years.

Log in to Business Connect to book your meetings before the event here


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This year’s Airport Show is Smart

This year all visitors will receive a ‘smart badge’ that can be tapped on the Poken Touchpoints available on all exhibitor stands and features.

With your smart badge, you can build your digital journey and receive digital information from exhibitors – no need to carry big brochures or collect business cards.

At the end of each day, you will receive a daily digest of your day, who you met and what products you received which you can access with a click of a mouse!

Beat the queues, if you haven’t already, you can register for FREE here

Every Interaction is an Opportunity

Latest Projects Update

Regional airlines and airports are showing no signs of slowing down. By 2020, the GCC countries alone will handle over 450 million passengers, while airport development across the Middle East and Africa currently stands at over US$ 170 billion.


To know more about the latest projects in the region, click here

Airport Latest Projects


Marhaba Discount Code

15% discount will be given out to Airport Show exhibitors and visitors on Marhaba Services. 

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Plan your Stay with Rotana

Visitors can enjoy exclusive rates at Rose Rayhaan, Towers Rotana, Villa Rotana and Al Bandar Rotana.

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Travel on Emirates Airlines

Are you attending Airport Show this year? Get your special fares on Emirates Airlines when register today.

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Explore with Happy Holidays

Your adventure awaits! Explore Dubai and discover the best places to visit. 

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The Venue: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC)

The easiest way to get to the venue is by metro or taxi. Taxis directly take you to the drop off area right outside Za’abeel Hall 5.

Timings: 10:00am – 6:00pm (7 - 9 May 2018)

Halls: Za’abeel Halls 4 - 6

Free Car Parking: These car parks operate in a first-come, first-served basis. Download the map here

International Pavilions at this year’s event!

Featured articles

Aviation trends in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

Aviation trends in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

Owing to a plethora of challenges such as the fluctuating oil prices, geopolitical instability, extreme weather conditions, environmental activism, and volatile financial markets, the global aviation sector has been through a turbulent phase over the last 3 decades. However, the burgeoning passenger traffic across the world and the significant rise in investments to transform airport infrastructure imply outstanding growth opportunities for the aviation industry in the forthcoming years.

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Keeping track of location and performance

Keeping track of location and performance

Modern GSE tracking and telematics technologies provide data on much more than just the real-time location of GSE equipment – they offer fleet managers, engineers and supervisors a view of the performance of their equipment and, by extension at least to some degree, of their operators. More and more ground handlers are introducing the technology, although it can take a while to perfect its application.

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Pulling its weight

Pulling its weight

Kalmar Motor AB was founded in 1969 as a specialist vehicle manufacturer and has been producing conventional aircra_ towing tractors since the early 1970s. Today, it o ers the GSE market a comprehensive range of tow tractors, as technical sales manager Sean Bryan tells Airside.

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Shining a light on S4GA

Shining a light on S4GA

Poland’s S4GA manufactures solar airfield ground lighting (S-AGL) systems, which can be used as a permanent alternative to standard, underground wired AGL systems, ideal for airports without an electrical grid or with unreliable electrical infrastructure. Airside talked to business development manager Dmytro Kuczeruk about this rapidly developing niche of the AGL market.

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Industry News / Market Insights

Currently supporting 62.7 million jobs globally, it is expected to support 99.1 million jobs by 2034. Despite various challenges (SARS, ash clouds, Arab Spring, Middle East conflicts and terrorist incidents, air transport continues to grow and global growth indicators are positive.

IATA Forecasts Passenger Demand to Double Over next 20 Years - 7.2 billion passengers to travel by air in 2035, nearly double the present day’s 3.8 billion

Aviation remains on a growth trend, transporting over a third of world trade and over half (54%) of all international tourists

Airbus expects 34,900 new aircraft will enter global fleets by 2036, 60% of which will be for passenger growth

Meanwhile Boeing predicts 41,000 new aircraft over this period, with 3,350 for the Middle East and 1,220 for Africa - just over 11%

Middle East and Africa – A Region of Continued Growth

Middle East and Africa will outperform global passenger growth of 3.7% up till 2035

  • Africa at 5.1% - adding 192 million new passengers
  • Middle East at 4.8% - adding 244 million new passengers
Middle East airlines account for over 8% of global air transport industry Collectively growing at 10% annually, double the global 5% average
By 2025 aviation will contribute 16% to the UAE GDP and contribute 750,000 jobs in the UAE. It accounts for 27% of Dubai's GDP at US$26.7 billion today and will account for 37.5% at US$53.1 billion by 2020

10 fastest-growing aviation markets over next 20 years will be in Africa. Each of these markets will grow by 8% annually doubling in size each decade

Innovation Awards

Airport Show is excited to announce the new Airport Innovation Awards taking place at the Gala Dinner event on the evening of day 2.

Open to all local and international exhibitors participating at Airport Show, companies will nominate their innovative product or services in the following categories:

  • Revolutionary: Ground-breaking product or services that has transformed the industry
  • Sustainability: Green product or services that has had a positive impact on the environment
  • Aviation Personality: An industry hero that has contributed towards the development of our industry globally
  • Smart: Smart technologies that has transformed the customer experience in an airport
  • Customer Service: Scenarios where a product or service has greatly enhanced the delivery of an excellent customer service at airports


Finalists will be announced very soon.


See you in Dubai for the biggest industry gathering of the year!

Co-Located Events

  • ATC Forum
  • Airport Security Middle East
  • Women In Aviation General Assembly