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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - DUBAI 2003 AIR SHOW

Defence spending is no burden to federal budget : Mohammed

Posted on 12/12/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, denied last Wednesday that military spending by the UAE had cast weigh on the federal budget. 'Military spending is made as per the requirement and new developments in the view of modernisation of military equipment and of our defence and training needs,' Sheikh Mohammed affirmed in press statements during a tour of the 8th international Dubai air show. Commenting on the multi-billion deals inked by ...  >>MORE

US officials laud Dubai 2003 organisation

Posted on 12/12/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, held talks last Wednesday with Admiral David Nicholas, Commander of US Air Force, over military issues of mutual interest. In another meeting, Sheikh Mohammed exchanged views with US Secretary of Air Force Dr. James Roche on a host of political and military topics of common concern. The two US commanders appreciated the excellent organisation of the current edition of Dubai air show and the facilities ...  >>MORE

Emirates, GE Engine sign pact

Posted on 12/12/2003

Emirates airline yesterday signed a letter of intent with GE Engine Services (GEES) on a long-term maintenance agreement to support the engines that will power the airline's Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Emirates will begin operating eight leased four-engine A340s in 2004. The agreement, which has a potential value of more than $200 million over its life, covers the initial overhaul of the 32 CFM56-5C engines installed on these aircraft, followed by a nine-year maintenance programme. Sheikh Ahmed ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport's US$4.1b expansion on track

Posted on 12/12/2003

Dubai International Airport's US$4.1 billion expansion is on track and expected to be completed by 2008 to serve over 70 million passengers per year. Khalifa Suhail Al Zaffein, DCA director Engineering and Projects, said the first phase of the project will be over by 2007, followed by the total handover of the project by the contractors to the DCA in 2008. The airport handled 16 million passengers last year. Dubai's hotels and serviced apartments hosted over 4.75 million guests during the ...  >>MORE

Gulf aviation sector set to flourish, says Mohammed

Posted on 12/12/2003

Dubai 2003 – the Eighth International Aero-space Exhibition – ended successfully yesterday sending out positive signals to the beleaguered aviation industry and reaffirming Dubai's position among the holders of the world's top aerospace events. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, said the region's aviation industry will grow as people will continue to fly in the region. "As long as people travel, the aviation sector will continue to ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed hails the Emirates new aircraft

Posted on 10/12/2003

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces Chief of Staff, today hailed the Emirates airline's new plane displayed at Dubai Airshow 2003. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed accompanied by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, said that the Emirates Airline embodied the UAE's progress, describing the aircraft as luxurious and technically advanced. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Dubai investing US$30b in aviation infrastructure

Posted on 10/12/2003

Dubai's total investment of more than US$30 billion will make it the largest aviation hub in the Middle East and transform its carrier, Emirates, into a global airline, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and chairman of Emirates Group, said yesterday. These investments comprise US$26 billion for the expansion of Emirates airline and US$4.1 billion for that of Dubai International Airport. Sheikh Ahmed yesterday opened the Dubai ...  >>MORE

UAE to sign US$350m deal with Northrop

Posted on 10/12/2003

The UAE is prepared to sign a US$350 million contract with Northrop Gumman of the US for five E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft in what is seen as a signing in record time, said top officials. Northrop Gumman signed an offset agreement with the UAE for this deal in last March with the governments of both countries finalising it. "The first delivery of the Hawkeye to the UAE will take place in the quarter of 2006 and first quarter of 2008,” said David F. Stafford, sector ...  >>MORE

UAE Air Force looks at more Hawk aircraft

Posted on 10/12/2003

The UAE Air Force is looking at more Hawk aircraft as well as upgrading some from its present fleet of 34, said a top official of BAE Systems. The UAE has three different types of Hawks – the Mark 61, Mark 63 and Mark 102 with glass cockpit. There are over 100 Hawks in the Gulf with Saudi Arabia operating 50, the UAE 34, Oman 16 and now Bahrain gets six. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet in tie-up with US’ MedAir

Posted on 10/12/2003

Royal Jet, Abu Dhabi's private charter aircraft company has tied up with US-based Med-Air to provide advanced medical evacuation in the UAE, a service claimed to be the first in the region. The "air ambulance service” claimed to be the first in the region. The "air ambulance service” as it is called will be offered by Royal Med a division of Royal jet which operates a Boeing Business Jet and two new Gulfstream G300 aircraft. Royal Jet has added MedAir's Tempus 2000 an advanced mobile ...  >>MORE

Boeing approves UAE-based Gamco as supplier

Posted on 10/12/2003

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (Gamco), an Abu Dhabi-based company that specialises in maintenance and retrofit of commercial and military aircraft, has been approved as a supplier to the Boeing Company. The designation allows Gamco to bid for a number of maintenance, retrofit and other programmes that Boeing has in the region, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Gamco General Manager Saif Al Mughairy said, "We are pleased to be able to work with Boeing in offering high quality ...  >>MORE

Dubai's aviation fuel consumption increases 28.2%; ENOC voted best international jet fuel marketer in Middle East & Africa

Posted on 10/12/2003

Aviation fuel consumption in Dubai, as of November 2003, has registered a growth of 28.2 per cent over 2002. Conservative estimates for future growth predict a 15 per cent year-on-year increase, according to ENOC Group Chief Executive and Board Member Hussain Sultan. ENOC Aviation has been voted best international jet fuel marketer in the Middle East and Africa by major airlines based in the Asia Pacific region. Airlines in the Middle East, Africa and North America regions also voted ENOC ...  >>MORE

Emirates in US$1.5b engine deal

Posted on 09/12/2003

Emirates airline yesterday announced a huge US$1.5 billion order for engines to power the new additions to its fleet. The GCC's top airline by profitability - and one of the most profitable in the world - has chosen the GE-P&W Engine Alliance for its 23 Airbus A380-800 aircraft on order. The Alliance will supply 92 GP7200 engines, with nine spares, for delivery from 2009. This is in addition to Emirates' earlier order for 98 GP7200 engines, including 10 spares for 22 Airbus A380-800, also ...  >>MORE

Chirac confers France's highest honour on Emirates Chairman

Posted on 09/12/2003

French President Jacques Chirac has honoured Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman with France's highest honour in recognition of his effort to make the Emirates Airline a model company. French Transport and Tourism Minister Gilles de Robien presented Sheikh Ahmed with the 'Legion of Honour' on behalf of Chirac at a ceremony during the ongoing Dubai air show attended by 250 French officials and businessmen. The French minister said: 'You have played a big role in making the ...  >>MORE

UAE to get first batch of F-16s by late 2004

Posted on 09/12/2003

The UAE will receive the first batch of F-16 jet fighters by late 2004 and delivery of the entire 80 aircraft will be completed in 2007, a top official said yesterday. The first of the UAE's F-16s completed a successful flight on Sunday in the US. A number of UAE pilots are being trained in the US to pilot the jets. The UAE signed a US$6.4 billion deal in 2000 with Lockheed Martin for supply of the 80 F-16 aircraft. Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince ...  >>MORE

Gamco and BAE form joint bid

Posted on 09/12/2003

Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co. (Gamco) is entering into a joint venture with BAE Systems to support Hawk aircraft of the UAE Air Force and also the Hawks of the other GCC states, officials of both companies announced yesterday. A contract is expected to be signed in early 2004.The partnership is not part of the Offsets obligations of BAE Systems, but a commercial venture. With an annual turnover of US$250 million, Gamco has the capabilities for supporting both commercial and ...  >>MORE

European firm to upgrade UAE radars

Posted on 09/12/2003

European Aeronautics and Defence Systems (EADS) has won a 20 million euro contract from the UAE to upgrade 11 air surveillance radars to the latest standards. The contract was awarded by the UAE Ministry of Defence and will be executed by EADS Defence Electronics. The air surveillance radars were supplied to the UAE in 1999 and have been in service successfully. The radars will be equipped with most modern solid state transmitters, new receivers and signal processors and this upgrade provides ...  >>MORE

Exhibitors shower praise on organisers of 2003 airshow

Posted on 09/12/2003

If there were awards for air shows then the organisers of Dubai 2003 would have to find extra room in their creaking trophy cabinets given the praise which continued to pour their way from visitors and exhibitors yesterday. First up was Harry Seeger, the executive director for marketing and support at Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco), Beijing. His enthusiasm had certainly not waned on the second day of the show. He said: "We provide a full range of airframe, engine ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to peace in region - Mohammed

Posted on 08/12/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday reiterated the UAE's commitment to peace and prosperity in the region while inaugurating the Middle East's largest aerospace exhibition, Dubai 2003 at the Airport Expo. Sheikh Mohammed told exhibitors and VIPs at the show that the region will witness a new era of peace and prosperity in the coming years. He said the UAE will continue to lead the way by achieving progress and prosperity in ...  >>MORE

UAE closely watching EADS Mako programme

Posted on 08/12/2003

The UAE is closely watching the developments of the multi-billion Mako programme before it makes a financial commitment with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co (EADS). The Mako programme of EADS is developing the next-generation Advanced Training Aircraft (ATA) and the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The UAE is the only Gulf country to have signed an MoU with EADS although a few other Gulf states have shown interest in the programme. "The European Air Forces are looking at new next ...  >>MORE

Major engine deal may be announced by Emirates today

Posted on 08/12/2003

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates group, is expected to reveal crucial details today of a major capital raising exercise. Hopes for an announcement have been raised by Emirates airline's potentially huge order book for engines to power the 21 additional Airbus A380s it has ordered. Among the contenders for what will inevitably be a keenly contested contract is the alliance between General Electric (GE) and Pratt & Whitney. A source ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet to bring Avitat network to the Middle East

Posted on 08/12/2003

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based air charter company, yesterday signed a marketing agreement with ExxonMobil Aviation to set up the first Avitat fixed base operation (FBO) in the region at Abu Dhabi International Airport. ExxonMobil's Avitat is one of the world's leading networks of branded FBOs and will now offer its facilities in Abu Dhabi to all customers. Captain Tilmann Gabriel, chief executive, Royal Jet, said: "We are proud to join the Avitat family of FBOs and invite all executive ...  >>MORE

Airport Expo facilities to be doubled as demand soars

Posted on 08/12/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday opened Dubai 2003 at the Airport Expo. He announced that facilities at the Airport Expo are to be doubled to cope with the increasing demand. The expanded facilities will be ready by Dubai 2005 - the ninth international aerospace exhibition - which will run from November 20-24, 2005. The purpose-built Airport Expo Dubai was constructed in 1999 specifically for the Dubai airshow. "We will ...  >>MORE

More airlines show faith in Emirates-CAE centre

Posted on 08/12/2003

The new Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre has signed on more international customers. Air Arabia, National Air Services and Royal Brunei have all signed up training service agreements with the centre and the total value of these new multi-year agreements is estimated to be around US$12 million. Arabasco, Emirates, Jet Aviation, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, and Royal Jet, among others, also use the training facility here. General Sheikh Mohammed bin ...  >>MORE

Mohammed to open today international aerospace show

Posted on 07/12/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, will open today Dubai 2003, the eighth International Aerospace Exhibition at the Airport Expo Centre. Some 550 exhibitors representing leading international companies specialised in manufacturing of air defence and civil aviation equipment and systems, and weapons technologies are taking part in the event. Meanwhile the UAE and the GCC have initiated talks to launch a ballistic missile defence ...  >>MORE

New helicopter pavilion at Dubai 2003 takes wings

Posted on 07/12/2003

The new helicopter pavilion reflects the increase in rotor wing business in the region with demand for both manufacturers and suppliers on the increase. It also amply demonstrates the biennial air show's commitment to innovation and bringing the best to Dubai. The pavilion is among a host of new industry led service initiatives that have been introduced for Dubai 2003, underlining the commitment to quality exhibitor and visitor support. The pavilion is located in the East Hall of the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre opens

Posted on 07/12/2003

The new Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre was officially opened yesterday. The new training centre is the first training facility in the Middle East to be qualified to both JAA and FAA standards. The centre is the first outside North America to offer pilot and maintenance training for the Hawker 800/800XP and the Gulfstream IV and V full flight simulators, and it will be adding a second Boeing 737NG/BBJ simulator to meet customer demand. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AI Maktoum, Crown ...  >>MORE

Hi-tech defence system for Gulf under study

Posted on 07/12/2003

The Gulf Cooperation Council countries plan to acquire a multi-billion dollar missile defence system, a top official of the UAE Air Force revealed yesterday at Dubai 2003. Major General Khalid bin Abdullah Mubarak Al Bu-Ainain, Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, said extensive use of missiles combined with regional instability has prompted the GCC to consider taking this huge step into hi-tech defence systems. Unveiling a strategy which will have international defence contractors ...  >>MORE

Dubai air show is major world event: Mohammed

Posted on 06/12/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, said the Dubai Airshow has become one of the world's most renowned exhibitions. He said that the airs how will remain unaffected by any regional or international developments. Sheikh Mohammed was quoted by the Armed Forces Magazine as saying that the Dubai 2003 show, which will begin tomorrow, is considered an international event hosted by the UAE. All preparations are in place to make the ...  >>MORE

Dubai air show opens tomorrow with 550 exhibitors

Posted on 06/12/2003

The 8th International Aerospace Exhibition in Dubai, Dubai 2003, will open tomorrow, Sunday with 550 exhibitors from 36 countries and 13 country pavilions. The biennial show, organised by Fairs & Exhibitions in conjunction with the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and the UAE Armed Forces is sold out and has registered a 12 per cent increase in occupied space. For the first time the Dubai air show will feature pavilions from Ukraine and Jordan and will field 85 aircraft, the ...  >>MORE

Dubai air show set to fuel Gulf aviation sector

Posted on 27/11/2003

Buoyed by a fast-growing aviation industry, Dubai 2003, this year's aerospace exhibition, has attracted more exhibitors and participants, and will attract a large number of trade visitors, said organisers. The exhibition is being held in the backdrop of a boom in the Gulf's aviation industry. Over $7.7 billion is currently being invested in the upgrading and expansion of aviation infrastructure in the Gulf, which includes Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Ras ...  >>MORE

Helicopter pavilion at Dubai 2003 air show to focus rotorcraft industry

Posted on 23/11/2003

The new Helicopter Pavilion which has been added to the Dubai air show profile for the first time has sold out with some of the biggest names in the rotorcraft business participating. The pavilion, introduced by show organisers Fairs and Exhibitions (F&E) to give added focus to the rotorcraft industry is being introduced at Dubai 2003, the eighth international aerospace exhibition being held in Dubai next month. Among those participating in the pavilion are Bell Helicopter, Edwards ...  >>MORE

Eighty US exhibitors to attend Dubai 2003 air show

Posted on 19/11/2003

Exhibitors from 35 countries have contracted for Dubai 2003 air show, which is expected to have 10 national pavilions. Organisers said in a statement on Monday the United States will be well represented at this year's air show with over 80 American exhibitors housed in the US pavilion. A US company specialising in dropping cargo from the air said it was looking for a Middle East joint venture opportunity at the eighth international aerospace exhibition being held at the Airport Expo from Dec.7 ...  >>MORE

ENOC to triple Dubai Air Show stand size

Posted on 10/11/2003

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) LLC, is tripling the size of its Dubai Air Show participation and debuting a state-of-the-art pavilion at the event which will reflect the diverse activities of the Dubai-headquartered group. The ENOC Pavilion will be conveniently sited in the West Hall of the Airport Expo Dubai, where Dubai 2003, the eighth international aerospace exhibition will run from December 7 to11. ENOC will also have two single-storey chalets at the event, which will be heavily ...  >>MORE

Red Arrows brings 'Fountain Split' to UAE

Posted on 20/09/2003

Britain's world-famous Red Arrows aerobatics team is embarking on its Eastern Arrow tour that will include two eye-catching displays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on October 17. Flying BAe Systems' Hawk jet trainers, the Red Arrows, will spend four days training in Oman prior to flying on to Malaysia for the start of the five-week long tour of Far East and Middle East countries, that will celebrate 100 years of powered flight. In addition to the displays in the UAE the Red Arrows will also perform ...  >>MORE

Mohammed to address defence meeting

Posted on 19/08/2003

Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will deliver the keynote address at the Defence News Middle East Air Chiefs Conference being staged as part of the Dubai 2003 Air Show. Sponsored by Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, the conference is being designed to cover cutting edge defence and aerospace issues, a press statement said. Currently the show has contracted exhibitors from 26 countries and pavilion commitments from Italy, Holland, the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Air Show 2003 contracts 95pc booking

Posted on 02/07/2003

Fairs and Exhibitions (F&E), organisers of Dubai 2003, the eighth international aerospace exhibition, has announced that 95 per cent of the show has now been reserved following a high profile promotion at the Paris air show earlier this month. Together with the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai, F&E operated both a chalet and a stand at Le Bourget. New exhibitors contracted for Dubai 2003 include complete logistics support provider Commerce Overseas Corporation of the USA; ...  >>MORE

UAE Air Force endorses Middle East Conference

Posted on 20/06/2003

The UAE Air Force and Air Defence Command have officially endorsed the Middle East Air Chief's Conference being organised as part of this year's Dubai air show. The conference, being organised by Defence News, the international trade newsweekly, in association with Fairs & Exhibitions, which organises the Dubai air show, is to be held at the Le Meridien Hotel on December 6, the day before the opening of Dubai 2003, the eighth international aerospace exhibition. ' The conference, which is ...  >>MORE

Dubai 2003; Full speed ahead

Posted on 18/01/2003

The countdown has begun for the Dubai Airshow, with 11 months to go and the venue being almost sold out with exhibitors from 17 countries participating as of now. Dubai 2003 will be held at the Airport Expo Dubai from December 7-11, with some 13 national and industry groups having signalled their intentions to mount pavilions at the show Dubai 2003, scheduled for December has almost sold out and there could be a waiting list for both the exhibition halls and the chalets. It has been 16 ...  >>MORE

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Defence spending is no burden to federal budget : Mohammed


US officials laud Dubai 2003 organisation


Emirates, GE Engine sign pact


Dubai Airport's US$4.1b expansion on track


Gulf aviation sector set to flourish, says Mohammed


Mohammed bin Zayed hails the Emirates new aircraft


Dubai investing US$30b in aviation infrastructure


UAE to sign US$350m deal with Northrop


UAE Air Force looks at more Hawk aircraft


Royal Jet in tie-up with US’ MedAir


Boeing approves UAE-based Gamco as supplier


Dubai's aviation fuel consumption increases 28.2%; ENOC voted best international jet fuel marketer in Middle East & Africa


Emirates in US$1.5b engine deal


Chirac confers France's highest honour on Emirates Chairman


UAE to get first batch of F-16s by late 2004


Gamco and BAE form joint bid


European firm to upgrade UAE radars


Exhibitors shower praise on organisers of 2003 airshow


UAE committed to peace in region - Mohammed


UAE closely watching EADS Mako programme


Major engine deal may be announced by Emirates today


Royal Jet to bring Avitat network to the Middle East


Airport Expo facilities to be doubled as demand soars


More airlines show faith in Emirates-CAE centre


Mohammed to open today international aerospace show


New helicopter pavilion at Dubai 2003 takes wings


Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre opens


Hi-tech defence system for Gulf under study


Dubai air show is major world event: Mohammed


Dubai air show opens tomorrow with 550 exhibitors


Dubai air show set to fuel Gulf aviation sector


Helicopter pavilion at Dubai 2003 air show to focus rotorcraft industry


Eighty US exhibitors to attend Dubai 2003 air show


ENOC to triple Dubai Air Show stand size


Red Arrows brings 'Fountain Split' to UAE


Mohammed to address defence meeting


Dubai Air Show 2003 contracts 95pc booking


UAE Air Force endorses Middle East Conference


Dubai 2003; Full speed ahead