Dubai Airshow to be held from November 14-18, 2021 at DWC

The 17th bi-annual edition of the Dubai Airshow will be held from November 14-18, 2021, at Dubai World Central (DWC).

Organised by Tarsus F&E Middle East, the in-person airshow will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, at a dedicated site at DWC.

Being held in a post-Covid-19 pandemic scenario the event will collaborate with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, UAE Ministry of Defence, and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects.

Boeing was among the 1,288 global exhibitors at Dubai Airshow 2019. Credit: Arnold Pinto
Boeing was among the 1,288 global exhibitors at Dubai Airshow 2019. Credit: Arnold Pinto

 

Dubai Airshow 2021 is set to be the most critical point of convergence for the global aerospace industry which has been pummelled by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Key stakeholders

The Airshow will see stakeholders from commercial and business aviation, defence and military, aircraft interiors, air traffic management, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), space and air cargo verticals meeting to draw up new strategies to ensure the smooth re-establishment of the aerospace industry after the global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.

According to IATA, H2 2021 is expected to see improvements for the aerospace industry after a difficult H1 2021, due to the lingering effects of the pandemic.

Dubai Airshow emblem. Credit: Tarsus F&E Middle East
Dubai Airshow emblem. Credit: Tarsus F&E Middle East

 

Aggressive cost-cutting is expected to combine with increased travel demands during 2021, due to the re-opening of borders with testing and/or widespread availability of vaccines, opines IATA.

IATA projects the industry to turn cash-positive in Q4 2021, which is earlier than previously forecasted.

Dubai Airshow 2021 will see a strong focus on the growing and widespread use of cutting-edge technologies in the aviation industry.

US Air Force combat assets on static display at Dubai Airshow 2019. Credit: Arnold Pinto
US Air Force combat assets on static display at Dubai Airshow 2019. Credit: Arnold Pinto

 

A new technology showcase feature will exhibit the latest tech and will also include key conference topics such as 5G, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and blockchain.

New startup hub

The 2021 Airshow will also feature a new East-West startup hub – Vista – which will give aerospace startups access to mentorship programmes and a chance to meet with key decision makers and globally ranked investors to launch, grow and scale their startups.

Dubai Airshow 2021, together with the Defense Services Marketing Council, will launch a new advisory board that will bring focus on a range of topics, including instilling confidence in the post-pandemic aviation sector, development of talent and skills, as well as supporting the next generation of women in aerospace.

An Emirates aircraft with Expo 2020 Dubai livery on static display at Dubai Airshow 2019. Credit: Arnold Pinto
An Emirates aircraft with Expo 2020 Dubai livery on static display at Dubai Airshow 2019. Credit: Arnold Pinto

 

Tim Hawes, Managing Director of Tarsus F&E Middle East, said: “Dubai Airshow 2021 will demonstrate the evolution of the aerospace industry and the fast acceleration of digitalisation as a result of the pandemic.

“The event brings together the entire aerospace ecosystem, showcasing the latest technology and innovation from across the industry.

“The [aerospace] industry has been impacted significantly by Covid-19 and we are excited to use the airshow as a platform to demonstrate the necessity of the aerospace and aviation industries and the potential for future growth and development,” Hawes added.

An Emirates A380 and the UAE's Al Fursan aerobatics squad in a flypast over DWC at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. Credit: Tarsus F&E Middle East
An Emirates A380 and the UAE’s Al Fursan aerobatics squad in a flypast over DWC at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. Credit: Tarsus F&E Middle East

 

The last edition of the Dubai Airshow, held at DWC in 2019, registered 84,043 trade attendees, 1,288 exhibitors, and 161 commercial and military aircraft on static display.

Dubai Airshow 2019 also featured numerous industry conferences, media conferences and launches across several B2B verticals.

The show’s 2019 order book reached US$54.5 billion.

Separately, the Saudi International Airshow, due to be held in Riyadh from February 14-18, 2021, stands postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bahrain International Air Show which was due to be held in Manama from November 18-20, 2020, was also cancelled on account of the pandemic and will now take place in 2022.