UAE hailed as future of aviation as Global Aerospace Summit 2012 begins


Inaugural Global Aerospace Summit oversubscribed as over 1,000 delegates apply to attend this cross industry platform for thought leadership covering the aerospace, aviation and space sectors at the St. Regis Hotel on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

Opening the Summit, Sultan Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy said the Summit provided “an opportunity to demonstrate the country’s progress and ambition in the aerospace, aviation and space sectors.” He underlined the government’s support for a culture of partnerships spanning the public and private sectors, and added: “As the UAE moves from an economy that has a solid base through natural resource revenues to one that will be sustained in the long-term through a diversified, knowledge-based approach, it is vital that we provide a platform for thought leadership.”

Delivering a state of the industry address to the 700 delegates who were able to secure their place at the Summit, Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA, praised the UAE’s aviation sector, saying: “Aviation’s importance as a catalyst for growth is well-understood in the Middle East and particularly in the Gulf region, where airports rise from the desert ahead of the demand curve, not behind it. More info

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