The Dubai Airshow will return next week, bringing more than 1,200 exhibitors from 148 countries to Dubai World Central.

The 17th edition of the event will takes place from November 14 to 18, 2021. The Airshow will feature more than 160 aircraft from leading manufacturers and airlines on static display. Also attending will be more than 80 startups and 20 country pavilions, including five new participants – Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Israel.

This year’s Airshow will be placing a major focus on new technologies. A brand new conference stage, Tech Xplore, will highlight how emerging technologies are helping reboot aviation and changing the entire flying experience. New conferences will focus on trending aerospace topics including advanced aerial mobility, sustainability, space, air traffic and cargo.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, said: “The Dubai Airshow this year will be futuristic, modern, forward-looking, and creative. It will showcase the future of mobility, space exploration and defence as well as AI, digital transformation and more.”

Highlighting the critical role of aviation, aerospace, space and defence

He added the event would also demonstrate the critical role that aviation, aerospace, space and defence continue to play at a global level. “We are once again hosting important in-person events and returning to business normality thanks to the success of our approach and readiness. I was proud to see recently the successful start of Expo 2020 which has already welcomed people from across the world,” Sheikh Ahmed added.

Tim Hawes, managing director of Tarsus Aerospace, said more than 80,000 visitors would be expected to attend the Airshow, which will be held with mandatory masks and social distancing. He added that the role played by start-ups and entrepreneurs within the sector will also be placed centre stage, with the unveiling of the new East-West startup hub Vista.

The global aerospace event will be held with the support of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, the UAE Ministry of Defence and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, and is organised by Tarsus Middle East.

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