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Major Saudi aerospace players to take part in Dubai Airshow
September 2021 397
Dubai Airshow 2021, the event that will bring the global aerospace and defence industry together, is set to witness a major presence of Saudi aerospace players. The Saudi exhibitors will showcase their products and services and take part in key partnerships to support the aerospace and defence industry.
Exhibitors from the Kingdom participating at the airshow include the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI); General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA); Saudi Aerospace Company; Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI); Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), a subsidiary of SAMI; Saudi Arabian Airlines, OxfordSaudia Flight Academy; and GDC Middle East.
GDC Middle East CEO Muneer Bakhsh said: “The pandemic had an enormous impact on the aerospace industry, affecting manufacturing, airlines, airports, and defence companies. Taking part in the Dubai Airshow provides a deep understanding of the industry’s insights on the aerospace sector and landscape following the pandemic and the way to its recovery, as well as opens doors for new partnership opportunities.
“We will showcase the proven aircraft maintenance and engineering capabilities for Saudi Arabia and provide a potential portal for offshore companies to partner with a Saudi Arabian company, through the identification, winning and delivery of defence and commercial projects in the Kingdom.”
Managing Director at Tarsus F&E LLC, organisers of the Dubai Airshow, Timothy Hawes said: “We look forward to hosting key Saudi exhibitors, who will be presenting their products and showcasing their technologies. The Saudi aerospace players will serve as a major addition to the airshow, with their vision for aerospace and defence, which supports the regional growth of the industry.” 
As part of its plan to diversify the Kingdom’s economy, Saudi Arabia is placing significant focus on digital transformation as well as supporting various industries, including aerospace and defence. 
In support of the Kingdom’s digitalisation, AEC recently signed an agreement with Prince Sultan Advanced Technology Research Institute to manufacture Sky Guard drone, Argaam, for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
GAMI recently announced 74 targeted opportunities in supply chains in Saudi Arabia’s military industries sector in an effort to localise more than 50 per cent of Saudi’s military spending by 2030. 
It also launched a digital marketplace platform to enable authorised investors to access the local military industry easily and identify localisation opportunities.
Dubai Airshow 2021 will take place at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai Airshow Site from November 14-18.-TradeArabia News Service

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