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Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

Boeing’s relationship with the Middle East extends back to 1945. Since then, Boeing has established a number of offices across the region, first in Riyadh in 1982, then a dedicated Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) office in Abu Dhabi in 1999, a regional headquarters in Dubai in 2005 and a new office in Doha in 2010. In addition, Boeing has field service teams across the region and two distribution centers for airplane spare parts in Dubai. www.boeing.com


Leonardo is a global player in the high technology sector and ranks among the major Aerospace, Defence and Security companies worldwide. With headquarters in Italy and ca. 47,000 employees worldwide, Leonardo has a consolidated industrial presence in four main markets (Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the United States), and an important network of strategic partnerships in main high potential markets worldwide. In 2015 the Company generated revenues of about EUR 13 billion and new orders of about EUR 12.4 billion. Leonardo builds its competitiveness and success on two main pillars: first, continuous innovation, to be at the forefront of technology, and second, a customer-focused approach, an essential part of its commercial strategy. Leonardo operates through seven Divisions (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aero-structures, Airborne & Space Systems, Land & Naval Defence Electronics, Defence Systems, Security & Information Systems) and through the following subsidiaries and joint ventures: DRS Technologies (defence products, services and integrated support), MBDA (missile systems), Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space (satellite services and space manufacture), ATR (regional aircraft).


Defence Partner

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At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

MRO Partner


SAEI today is the leading aviation technical solutions provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Middle East regions backed by over 55 years of experience and more than 5,200 highly qualified and trained professional workforce, 92% of which are Saudi nationals. SAEI holds GACA, FAA, EASA and several other regional and international authorities’ approvals.

SAEI offers an extensive array of integrated Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services to Civil and Military Aircraft owners and operators, both locally and abroad. SAEI services include Aircraft Maintenance, Engine Maintenance, Component Maintenance as well as Calibration & Fluid Analysis, Engineering, Manufacturing & Design, GSE Maintenance, Supply Chain & Logistics and Technical Training.

By 2016, SAEI's new state-of-the-art facility, being built over 902,000 M2 is capable of accommodating the largest aircraft in the world today and a test cell that can handle up to 150,000lb engine thrust.


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Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2015 carried 17.4 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to or has announced plans to serve 116 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of around 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with approximately 200 aircraft on firm order, including 66 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and five Airbus A380s.   Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.  For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com


Summit Partners

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Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company, launched in 2006 to spearhead the development of the Emirate's aviation industry, with the vision of becoming the world’s leading airports group.

The company operates five airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport, Delma Island Airport and Sir Bani Yas Airport.

Over 23 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2015. That figure is forecast to rise in the coming years and Abu Dhabi Airports is investing heavily in order to be able to handle the predicted growth in traffic. Currently under construction is the new Midfield Terminal Building, an ambitious multi-billion dirham 700,000m2 mega project, due to open at the end of 2017. This building will increase the airport’s overall capacity to 45 million passengers a year, and will further contribute to the Emirate’s development as a destination for both business and tourism.


Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau drives and supports the development and promotion of business events throughout the emirate efficiently, effectively, and transparently, and in partnership with all its stakeholders. Its main mission is to champion the emirate as a dynamic global business events leader.

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau can assist with any planners’ needs and acts as a one-stop shop, offering free advice, help with planning, and local knowledge. Key assistance includes researching bid opportunities, assisting with a tailored bid strategy to ensure competitiveness, providing destination promotional collateral and boosting delegate numbers through the authority’s international offices.

The Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau team provides co-ordination with local partners, and helps arrange introductions to key Abu Dhabi stakeholders, secures support from mainline industry and tourism leaders, and assists with government liaison, researching appropriate venues, offering PR and marketing support, and providing innovative activities and pre- and post- conference ideas.

Aviation Week Network

Penton Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence. The product portfolio includes Aviation Week & Space Technology, AC-U-KWIK, Aircraft Blue Book, Airportdata.com, Air Charter Guide, Air Transport World, AviationWeek.com, Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Business & Commercial Aviation, ShowNews, SpeedNews, Fleet and MRO forecasts, global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) tradeshows and aerospace & defense conferences.

Arabian Aerospace

Arabian Aerospace is at the heart of the industry across the region. Now in its ninth year, the magazine, officially supported by AACO and MEBAA – along with its daily online news updates, weekly newsletters and SHOW BUSINESS daily specials – has become a clear and trusted market leader for aerospace professionals operating in and with the Middle East. 2016 will continue to see the launch of new products to further enhance the information available with in-depth analysis of the region’s air forces; exclusive interviews with business leaders and more special reports.

African Aerospace is blazing a trail across Africa with industry specific coverage of the latest issues and developments impacting the continent’s growing aerospace sector. Its quarterly magazine, online daily news service and weekly newsletter. Officially supported by AFRAA and AfBAA, African Aerospace is essential reading for industry professionals concerned with Africa’s aerospace industry, airlines, the business aviation sector and support services.

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