The first edition of Dubai HeliConference, the Middle East’s only dedicated conference for the helicopter industry, kicks off today (Monday, April 17, 2017) at the Al Maktoum International Airport, planned to be the world’s largest airport located in Dubai World Central, the venue for World Expo 2020. Held under the support of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, and backed by the Dubai Helishow - the biennial Helicopter Technology and Operations Exhibition, the show will run until April 18, 2017.
Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company that creates solutions for improving the quality of life of people around the globe, has stated that approximately 3,900 to 4,400 civilian helicopters will be delivered worldwide between 2017 and 2021. Based on a 5-year customer survey, 22 per cent from the Middle East are expected to purchase civilian helicopters for fleet replacement or expansion, making it the second-highest new purchase rate.
As for the usage, 31 per cent will cater to general utility while 27 per cent will be for the corporate sector. In addition, 15 per cent will be used in law enforcement, 13 per cent for both emergency/medical and oil and gas use, and 1 per cent by media. With a highly optimistic purchase outlook for turbine-powered, civilian helicopters, Dubai HeliConference 2017 offers a perfect platform to gain industry insights, receive future outlook about the market, and meet stakeholders.
The agenda for Dubai HeliConference includes ‘Partnering with Industry and Enhancing Helicopter Life Cycle Management,’ ‘Meeting Safety Levels for Helicopter Operators,’ ‘Helicopter Fleet Integration Challenges for Military and Law Enforcement Operators,’ and ‘Helicopter Market Updates and Commercial Prospects,’ among many others.
The inaugural edition of Dubai HeliConference will be attended by some of the leading companies from the region and the world that are strategic to the growth of the helicopter industry. These include Dubai South, Dubai Airports, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), UAE Airforce, General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Falcon Aviation, GAL ANS, FLYHIGH Helicopter Services, and Leonardo Company, to name a few.
“While helicopters have mostly been used for offshore airlift for the oil and gas industries, search and rescue operations, and emergency evacuation in the Middle East, there has been a growing use in charter and air taxi operations and VIP transportation. Amidst a booming helicopter segment, Dubai HeliConference 2017 will be a perfect venue for industry pioneers, specialists and stakeholders to explore further opportunities for growth and contribute to its dynamic development. Various interactive sessions will facilitate the exchange of information and best practices along with opportunities for discussions and networking that will prove beneficial for the regional industry segment,” said Ahmand Abulhoul, Managing Director, Domus Group.
Dubai HeliConference 2017 is organised by Domus Group, a leading international exhibition specialist with over two decades of experience. Some of its popular and successful events include Dubai Helishow, the Arab Hunting Show, the Agricultural Show, the Baking Show, and the Media and Marketing Show.