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Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow
An Airbus A380 painted in Emirates' livery at the 2005 Dubai Airshow
Genre Air show
Location(s) Dubai World Central
Country United Arab Emirates
Activity Trade exhibition, aerobatic and static displays
A Eurofighter at the 1998 Dubai Airshow

The Dubai Airshow is a biennial show held in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,in cooperation with the Government of Dubai, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and in collaboration with the UAE Armed Forces.[1]


  • History 1
  • Order book 2
  • Flying display 3
  • Other events at the Dubai Airshow 4
    • Skyview at the Dubai Airshow 4.1
    • Gulf Aviation Training Event 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Dubai Airshow has grown from 200 exhibitors and 25 aircraft in 1989 to 1,046 exhibitors and 163 aircraft[2] in 2013 and is considered to be the fastest growing air show in the world.

The Dubai Airshow started life as Arab Air in 1986 - a small civil aviation trade show which F&E organised at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Spurred on by substantial Middle East investment in civil and military aviation the first Dubai Airshow was held in 1989 at Dubai Airport. In 1991 due to the outbreak of the Gulf War the show was moved from January to November and it had a strong military focus given events in the region. The 2001 show took place just 6 weeks after the events of September 11, 2001, and closed with record order book of US$15.6 billion. The Dubai Airshow 2003 was the fastest-selling in the event’s history, 550 companies from 36 countries participated. In 2005 the Airshow hosted the debut of the A380 in the Middle East. It arrived in full Emirates livery for its largest customer. By 2013 the show is now hosting 1,046 exhibitors from 60 countries.[3]

2013 also marked the highest statistics in all other key measureables for Dubai Airshow with 60,692 trade attendees from around the world, 1,735 international and regional media and a $206.1 billion total order book, helping push the Dow Jones past the historic 16,000-level.

Order book

The Dubai Airshow holds the record for the largest ever order book taken at an Airshow. In 2013, the order book exceeded US$200 billion with an exact figure of $206.1 billion – bulging with aircraft, parts and MRO deals, in a show that reflected the growing importance of the MENASA region as the world’s aviation hub.[4]

The 2013 edition of the Dubai Airshow also holds the record for being the event with the largest commercial aircraft order in history with Emirates making a US$99 billion order for the Boeing 777X and the Airbus A380.[5]

Flying display

The flying display demonstrates the technical capabilities of exhibiting companies aircraft. The flying display at the Dubai Airshow has included the Airbus A380, A400M, F-16, F/A-18, F-22 Raptor, V-22 Osprey, B-1B, Eurofighter Typhoon along with aerobatic displays by international teams including Patrouille de France, Red Arrows from the UK and Al Fursan from the UAE.

Dubai air-show 2011 held on first week of November 2011-a video clip

Other events at the Dubai Airshow

Skyview at the Dubai Airshow

Skyview at the Dubai Airshow was launched at the 2013 edition of the Dubai Airshow as a separate event to allow families and individuals to enjoy the Dubai Airshow's world class flying display from dedicated grandstand seating in an area located directly beside the Dubai Airshow venue. Skyview at the Dubai Airshow will return as an official event of the Dubai Airshow 2015.[6]

Gulf Aviation Training Event

Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE) brings industry players together to discuss the challenges of growing demand for aviation professionals - particularly pilots; to explore solutions and shape Middle East aviation training. The second edition of GATE occurred at the Dubai Airshow 2013 on November 18 and 19. GATE will return to the Dubai Airshow in 2015.[7]


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External links

  • The Dubai Airshow
  • F&E Aerospace
  • Dubai Airshow 2013 News -
  • Dubai Airshow 2013 News -
  • Dubai Airshow Record Deals - CNN
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