The Dubai Airshow 2021 was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai has led the Royal Tour. This marked the start of the much-anticipated Airshow at Dubai World Central (DWC) Al Maktoum airport.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and UAE Minister of Defence visited the event on its official opening day.
His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group attended day one of the Airshow and was part of the Royal Tour. H.H. commented:
“We are proud to be at Dubai Airshow once again and welcoming people from across the planet. The event showcases the most advanced aircraft and aerospace technology from the region and internationally. Dubai Airshow marks an important turning point for the global aviation and aerospace sectors and we are seeing high levels of optimism and engagement. Both the UAE and the aviation sector have shown tremendous resilience and adaptability to be hosting events of this scale. We are looking forward to seeing a range of partnerships, deals and announcements being made throughout the week.”
Timothy Hawes, Managing Director at Tarsus Middle East, organizers of Dubai Airshow 2021 said: “It is fantastic to see Dubai Airshow back again in the most advanced and futuristic form it’s ever been in. We are displaying world-class products, solutions and services from market leaders and disruptors. A number of aircraft are making international debuts at this Airshow with sustainability and efficiency being key focus areas throughout the week. Innovation and entrepreneurship are also central themes for the week and we commenced the VISTA sessions today which provides insights for start-ups.”
Experts and executives from the aviation, aerospace, space, and defence industries traveled worldwide to attend the Airshow. This year’s Airshow has nearly 150 countries represented, including 20 country pavilions and new additions from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Brazil, Israel, and Slovakia. There are also civil and military delegations from over 140 countries at the exhibition and over 370 new exhibitors. With roughly 85,000 attendees expected over the course of the week, this year’s Dubai Airshow is expected to be the largest since it began in 1989.
The International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA) talks started on day one as part of the Aerospace 2050 stream, according to H.H. Chairperson SeldaKonukcu, Vice President, IAWA Middle East and Asia, gave the introductory remarks, emphasizing the importance of equal opportunity in the industry.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the patron of the Dubai Airshow 2021.