Dubai Air Show

Dubai embraces the extraordinary

Boasting the world's tallest building, a man-made island shaped like a palm tree and a 7 star hotel oozing with glamour and gold, Dubai is a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and Western capitalism.

A city of opportunity rising from the desert sands, it is the perfect location for one of the most important events in the aerospace calendar: The Dubai Airshow.

Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene,

Organised by F&E Aerospace under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the record-breaking biennial show connects aerospace professionals from all areas of the industry. Originally beginning life as Arab Air in 1986, The Dubai Airshow has grown and evolved to facilitate successful trade on a global scale increasing from 200 exhibitors and 25 aircraft in 1989, to 1,100 exhibitors from over 60 countries with over 160 aircraft on display and media representation from every corner of the world in 2015.

While traditional markets are in decline, the focus on the Middle East is on the ascent as it continues to see strong growth across all aerospace sectors.

The Dubai Airshow demonstrates the success of commercial, business and military aviation with exhibitions including the latest air defence innovations, the UAE Space Agency and for the first time in 2015, the 3D Printshow. In addition, the return of the Gulf Aviation Training Event pavilion and the Futures' Day event continue to broaden the show's appeal. Returning exhibitors include industry giants such as Boeing and Airbus as well as Bell Helicopters, Alpha Star, Safat and Tawazan.

One of the most exciting parts of the show is inevitably the aircraft display. Past displays have included the F-16, V-22 Osprey, F-22 Raptor and the Eurofighter Typhoon. This year, visitors will be treated to the cream of the airspace with a Boeing P-8 military jet, a Qatar Executive G6R0ER and an Emirates Airline Airbus A380 expected on the static display along with aerobatic displays by international teams including the Red Arrows from the UK and Al Fursan from the UAE.

Much debate is expected from the presence of the world's largest passenger airliner the magnificent Airbus A380, with talks surrounding the development of the elusive A380neo. Publicly lobbied by Emirates, the super-transporter is set to be at the forefront of The Dubai Airshow's discussions

Also on display will be the future of flight itself the Boeing 777X. Building on the success of the 777 and 787 Dreamliner, the 777X will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world, unmatched in comfort and convenience with custom-tailored, enhanced architecture.

Other events at the show include the Skyview, a dedicated grandstand seating in an area located directly beside the airshow's venue, as well as the glitzier invite-only events including a gala dinner and exhibitor party.

In an age where society is becoming increasingly superlative in its wants and needs, The Dubai Airshow is a stirring alchemy of past feats of aerospace brilliance and ambitious futuristic vision. Now in its 28th year, the 2015 show will be held from 8 12 November at the Dubai World Central.

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