14 Jan 2015 , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that the fourth annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo will take place in February 2016 at Al Bateen Executive Airport, the region’s only dedicated business aviation airport, and will be held every two years instead of annually.
The new 2 year cycle of the show will allow industry pioneers and participants sufficient time to develop their products and services to better promote them during the show. In addition, the decision to push back the event to next year came in as several upgrade and refurbishment projects are currently undergoing at Al Bateen Executive Airport, which will provide a state-of-the-art venue to host Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2016.
A brand new VVIP Terminal is currently under construction, with enhancements being made to the existing VIP Terminal. The taxiway, airfield and the Sheikh Zayed Terminal will also be upgraded as part of refurbishment.
Last year the third Air Expo ran from 25th to 27th February, seeing a 30% increase in attendance, with 16,900 visitors and 175 exhibitors from local, regional and international companies participating.
Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Air Expo has become an iconic and must-attend event in the world’s aviation calendar and Al Bateen Executive Airport has been home to three very successful editions. It is only sensible that the event of such a calibre is strengthened with facilities and services that support the growth of this show. The planned upgrade is in line with Abu Dhabi Airports’ ambition to deliver world-class airports group offering diversity within aviation, and presenting the best in service to travelers and operators. We look forward to hosting an even bigger show with our upgraded facilities next year.”