Dubai Airshow organizing firm F&E Aerospace (Booth 827) said that the show’s new venue is on schedule for completion, with just 90 days until Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects officially hands over the keys for the show site. The biennial event will take place November 17 to 21 at Dubai World Central (DWC) in Jebel Ali. This year, more than 60,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors are expected.
The new show site offers 645,000 sq m (159 acres) of floor space–more than double the size of the old site at the Airport Expo. The new venue also features a larger static park. The flying display will have fewer flying restrictions as the new airport is, for the time being at least, much less busy. Media and catering facilities will be improved, while three times more parking spaces will be available, according to F&E.
The permanent structures formerly located at Airport Expo were deconstructed, moved and reconstructed at DWC, part of a green initiative. The new airshow site is part of a Dhs120 billion ($32 billion) investment in the DWC “aerotropolis” (a concept that places the airport at the center of a city).
Migration started with cargo operations in June 2010, with business aviation operations following in early 2013. The next step will be commercial aviation, in October.