Dubai Airshow 2021 advisory panel strategises for industry recovery

The Dubai Airshow 2021 advisory committee convened for the first time in mid-April 2021 to discuss the first major global airshow – currently scheduled to be held in-person – after the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Organised by Tarsus Middle East, Dubai Airshow 2021 is to be held from November 14-18, 2021, at Dubai World Central (DWC) airport.

The advisory panel met virtually, to also focus on aviation and aerospace industry trends and strategies needed to resume sector growth following the debilitating effects of the global pandemic.

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Dubai Airshow 2021 advisory panel members engage online. Credit: Dubai Airshow

The meeting’s participants discussed issues facing the civilian and defence aviation and aerospace sectors as well as Covid-19 mitigation measures for the upcoming 17th edition of the Dubai Airshow.

UAE role

The session also went over the UAE’s focus involving zero-emission aircraft as well as STEM activities that will be supported by co-located start-up events during the Dubai Airshow.

The session also touched upon on the UAE’s space programme that aims to drive economic development in the UAE.

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The Dubai Airshow is held bi-annually. Credit: Dubai Airshow


Members of the Dubai Airshow 2021 advisory committee include: Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Director at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre; Badr Al Olama, Executive Director of Aerospace at Mubadala; Alan L. Davis, Chief Executive of Raytheon in the UAE; Matar Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer at Tawazun; Mikail Houari, President of Airbus, Africa and the Middle East; Helmut Reichelt, Head of Diehl Defence in the UAE; Sharief Fahmy, member of DSMC’s Advisory Board; Khalid Al Breiki, President of Mission Support at EDGE; Adel Mardini, CEO of Jetex; Toshihisa Doi, General Manager at Kawasaki; Steven Griffiths, Head of Research and Development at Khalifa University; Robert Harward, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin in the UAE; Matthew Cochran, Chairman and CEO of DSMC; Timothy Hawes, Managing Director at Tarsus F&E LLC and Nandini Rego, Director of Business Development at Tarsus F&E LLC.

Dubai Airshow 2021 is supported by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, UAE Ministry of Defence, and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects.

The Dubai Airshow is held bi-annually, with the last edition being held at the DWC site.

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