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2017 Arab Aviation Summit: Sustainable transformation in aviation

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December 2017

2017 Arab Aviation Summit: Sustainable transformation in aviation

In December, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, inaugurated the 7th Arab Aviation Summit held at the Roda Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai. Themed “Time to Transform: Addressing sustainability challenges and opportunities for the regional aviation sector”, the summit was attended by more than 200 industry participants from 15 Arab countries.

Welcoming the delegates to the summit, Adel Al Ali, Arab Aviation Summit Chairperson and Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said: “We gather every year to debate the ever changing state of the aviation industry and its complexities. Arab aviation is highly affected by the evolving geo-political situation, the global economy, technological developments and others. Our region is witnessing constant development and the theme for this year’s edition, ‘Time to Transform’, reflects this fact. Today, we address the sustainability of our industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the short and long term.”

This year alone has seen several changes that have impacted the aviation and tourism sectors including air traffic management, rising taxes and on-ground infrastructure. These have brought about key shifts in business models driven by economic changes, consumer demand and costs pressures. The summit delineates how market forces are driving the further evolution of Arab aviation and how greater collaboration between public and private sectors can be achieved to unlock the region’s potential.

Arab Aviation Summit is an industry initiative driven by support from the public and private sector. The initiative is considered the voice of the industry and it acts as a positive force behind driving the Arab travel and tourism industry forward. The summit’s mission is to improve the state of travel and tourism in the Arab world by facilitating a constructive dialogue for public-private cooperation.

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Afshin Jahanshahi
Marketing Manager - Airbus Africa & Middle East