Dubai is a pioneer in applying technology to accelerate aviation recovery

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The ninth edition of the Global Airport Leaders Forum will be held in Dubai in conjunction with the Airport Show from 17-19 May. Emphasis will be placed on the speed of air traffic recovery at local and global levels.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, President of Dubai Airports, Supreme President and CEO of Emirates Airlines and the Group, sponsor of the Airport Show, said: “Dubai has been a pioneer in applying of technology with the aim of accelerating the recovery of aviation and returning it to its previous level.” His Highness added that the Airports Exhibition and its concurrent events over the past two decades have provided platforms to advance the aviation agenda as the transformation of aviation relies on technology, which helps to improve the levels of safety, health, security and efficiency in the operations of airports and airlines around the world.

Representing 1,950 airports in 185 countries, the Airports Council International confirmed that Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travelers, is expected to register 55.1 million passengers by 2022.

The work of the World Airport Leaders Forum 2022, organized in conjunction with the work of the 21st session of the Airport Show, alongside the Middle East Airport Security Conference, the Air Traffic Control Forum and the General Assembly of Women in Aviation, will witness four sessions.

The panelists in the Airport Innovation and Development session talk about the adoption of data, artificial intelligence, fifth generation communication and robotics to achieve a better passenger experience, developments in integrated, automated and electric mobility in the airport environment and innovations in design, the environment and operations, while the speakers in the air traffic management session will address the issue of bringing human intelligence and artificial intelligence together to improve airspace management, build a digital sky to meet future challenges that air traffic management faces, and airspace against intrusion by drones.

The Airport Sustainability session will cover topics related to the sustainability of mega-malls, the innovations and technologies that help airports become more environmentally friendly, the contribution of sustainability to improving the passenger experience, the partnership in the wider ecosystem of city authorities and transportation, and the meeting of airlines and communities with environmental goals.

During the airport security session, experts will discuss the development of intelligent and comprehensive control of the entire airport infrastructure to meet future security challenges, and the role of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, robotics and data in improving resilience and building collaboration between stakeholders to ensure traveler safety and satisfaction.


The Airport Show and its concurrent events, supported by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports Engineering Projects, Dubai Airports Corporation and Dubai National Air Travel Agency, are a driving force that will empower the industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic .


The Global Airport Leaders Forum will witness the participation of many speakers from the UAE, including Lieutenant General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the Directorate General of Residence and Foreign Affairs in Dubai, Ibrahim Ahli, Executive Vice President of the Dubai Air Navigation Services Corporation, and Mohammed Faisal Al Dosari, Director of the Senior Department of Air Navigation and Airports at the UAE General Authority Civil Aviation, Arif Al Janahi, Director of Security Engineering at the Security Industry Regulatory Agency, Ramesh Sidambi, Executive Director of Operations at Dubai Duty Free at Dubai International Airport, Charles Yamin, Director of Security Quality, Compliance and Excellence at Emirates Airlines, and Kashif Khaled, Regional Director of Airports for Africa and the Middle East at International Air Transport Association.


Firas Abu Latif, Exhibition Director at Reed Exhibitions Middle East, the organizers of the Airport Show, said: “The Global Airport Leaders Forum will present a fantastic opportunity that will empower professionals and decision makers to know where aviation is going and which successes await, and airports must be well prepared for the economic boom. Coming up, the forum will help the entire ecosystem by providing ideas.


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