King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) will aim to source state-of-the-art technology and construction materials at the upcoming Airport Show 2011 in Dubai.
The announcement comes on the back of KAIA’s estimated spending of $11.3 billion towards its expansion that will extend the current size of the airport by 687,000m2 and include two new terminals for international and domestic passengers.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, the Airport Show is dedicated to airport construction, operations, technology and services. The 11th show will be held from 31 May to 2 June at Airport Expo in Dubai.
“Airport Show each year serves as the perfect catalyst for networking in the Middle East to source the latest state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure in airport constructions. This is clearly visible with the participation of strategic projects such as the King Abdulaziz International Airport. Their presence as a key potential buyer will go a long way in facilitating trade in the region. We are also confident that exhibitors and KAIA will significantly benefit through this platform,” said REED Exhibitions Middle East show director Mohamad Bader-Eddin.
“Complementing KAIA’s presence, we also have King Khaled Airport from Saudi Arabia participating as a hosted buyer. In a marked shift from previous editions of the event, this year the Airport Show is witnessing a surge of interest from potential buyers in Saudi Arabia. Both airports are looking to source a huge bulk of their expansion technology and construction materials at the event, opening up huge opportunities for our exhibitors.”
King Abdulaziz International Airport’s expansion plans also include other utilities such as 54 counters, passenger lounges, a new concourse building with 25 additional passenger bridges and connector buildings linking the terminals, as well as air bridges (contact stands) and movable gates to service the new terminals.
With momentum gathering, the shpw has already drawn the confirmed participation of airport projects including Fujairah International Airport, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Djibouti International Airport, Feeder Airlines (Sudan), Ras Al Khaimah Airport, Tunisia Airport, Sialkot International Airport, Maharashtra Airport Development (MADC), Qeshm International Airport and Oman Airports Management Company.