The Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF 2014) has announced a Supreme Committee headed by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group and Chairman of Dubai Airports.
The committee will guide and oversee the second edition of GALF 2014, which will be hosted by Dubai from May 12 to 13 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).
Shaikh Ahmad said: “The event mirrors the aviation industry’s robust growth and the region’s economic resilience, enabling decision-makers and other aviation industry professionals to explore latest technologies and identify future challenges, in order to further promote the success of a thriving aviation industry in the region.”
He added: “The second edition of GALF will gather global aviation authorities and experts to talk about our shared challenges and explore best practices to ensure sustained growth. Airports in the Mena [Middle East and North Africa] region are projected to cater for 400 million passengers by 2020. Based on these forecasts, billions are being invested to provide the additional capacity required to accommodate the anticipated demand.”
The Airport Show and GALF will provide an ideal platform to share details of the future plans of Dubai civil aviation sector in the run up to the Expo 2020 and beyond, offering the global industry players insights into the requirements of what is being hailed as the super growth phase in the UAE’s and Dubai’s aviation domain.
Under the chairmanship of Shaikh Ahmad, members of the Supreme Committee will recommend key issues and topics for debate and discussion at the GALF-2014 which will have an impressive line-up of industry specialists, policy proponents, thought leaders and visionaries from across the world.
The Supreme Committee will recommend the programme taking into account a variety of factors like the massive expansion of Arabian Gulf airports and airlines and the UAE’s multibillion dollar aviation infrastructure requirements in the run up to Expo 2020 in Dubai, thereby offering valuable insights to the GALF participants and Airport Show exhibitors about the regional market landscape and future trends.
Members of the Supreme Committee are leading luminaries of the aviation industry from the region and will meet periodically in the run up to the GALF-2014. The committee members are senior management members of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Airports, Emirates Airline & Group, data, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and Airport Show and GALF organisers, Reed Exhibitions Middle East.
The two-day event will be colocated with the 14th edition of Airport Show, the top league B2B platform for the global airport industry decision-makers in the Mena region and Indian subcontinent.
The events will be held under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmad and supported by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and data and airport industry groups from the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Germany among others.
Under their guidance, Reed Exhibitions Middle East will be working with the leading industry players, international airports and global organisations like International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airport Council International (ACI) to ensure that this year’s event brings the best of thoughts and ideas to the fore for the benefit of all aviation professionals.
Daniyal Qureshi, Director of Airport Show and GALF, said: “The aviation industry is a strategic economic sector and the combination of an international exhibition and forum in one venue will offer an unparalleled opportunity for regional officials and stakeholders to meet with global leaders and experts and learn from their experiences. The event will host over 1000 C-level executives from the global aviation industry in an unprecedented gathering of industry leadership in the region.”
GALF-2014 is as an industry think tank to generate solutions, drive improvement and innovation to overcome shared policy, security, technology, capacity, environment and business growth challenges for continued airport expansion and passenger satisfaction.