Dubai: Union Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju will attend the Dubai Air Show which opens here tomorrow.
With India planning to organiZe a regular air show, the high-level delegation will meet the various facilitators and see the arrangements at the Dubai event.
India will have a high-level presence at the five-day air show, where both a high-level civil aviation and defence delegation are taking part, Indian consul-general Venu Rajamony told PTI.
13 Indian companies, including HAL will put up stalls at the show. The defence delegation will consists of vice chief of air staff.
“The scale of growth over the last two years - which amounts to 40% in booked floor space - reflects the massive growth the Middle East’s aviation industry is experiencing across all segments,” Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports.
“This year, we have 130 newcomers from 24 countries - which accounts for over 10% of the overall exhibitor profile, with 11 national pavilions, 91 chalets and 15 outdoor pavilions - up from five in 2005 - it truly is a full-house scenario,” said Alison Weller, aerospace director of Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E), the event organizer.
F&E chairman Virginia Kerr said “Orders worth USD 21.3 billion were placed last year. We expect this year’s figures to exceed that.”
With 850 exhibitors from 50 countries and over 140 aircraft on display, the airshow, which is on from November 11-15, is the world’s third largest global aerospace event after Le Bourget in Paris and Farnborough in the UK.