Dubai is one of the world’s most connected cities, with a globally influential aviation industry at its heart. For several decades the Government of Dubai has acknowledged the importance of aviation to the country’s overall future development, and has invested in constructing international airports, establishing leading international aviation companies, and investing significantly in infrastructure.
The aviation sector represents over 25 percent of Dubai’s GDP and helps fuel the city’s economic expansion, social development and the continued emergence of Dubai as a leading global city. Dubai International Airport retained its position as the world's busiest hub for international passengers for the sixth consecutive year in 2019 and, together with Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, supported beyond 88 Million travelers and 3.42 Million tons of air cargo. In total, 140 Airlines fly to 260 destinations direct from Dubai on over 8,000 weekly flights.
The city has advanced transportation and telecommunication networks, and its strategic location makes it a viable link between the East and West. Dubai is an international hub for tourism, business, transit and re-exporting, and its extensive aviation network grants easy access to both business travelers and tourists alike.
Emirates Airlines is the national carrier of the emirate of Dubai and is the largest airline in the Middle East. Founded in 1985, Emirates is one of the cornerstones of Dubai’s services, trade and tourism-oriented economy, operating over 3,600 flights per week to more than 150 cities in 80 countries through its fleet of nearly 300 aircraft. The airline is of strategic importance to Dubai and plays a key role in positioning the city as a major international aviation hub.
The Dubai Airshow is one of the main and most popular air shows worldwide, linking aerospace specialists across the industry to support international trade. The Dubai Airshow of 2021 will build on the vast success of the previous event which attracted 84 thousand trade visitors from 148 nations, 1,200 exhibitors, over 1,400 global and local media and an order book in excess of 54.4 billion U.S dollars..
Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority
Benefitting from direct access to the world’s busiest international airport, DXB, Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) offers the ideal gateway to the Middle East and also unrivalled connectivity to Europe, the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East. Founded in 1996, DAFZA is now home to more than 1,600 registered companies and 15,000 professionals, who benefit from a business-focused regulatory and tax environment that offers total ownership, full repatriation of earnings and a range of world-class facilities focused around the aviation industry.
Dubai South is an emerging 145 sq. km. master-planned city. It is home to Dubai’s flagship urban project, which encapsulates important verticals, including the Logistics District and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), which houses a mega airport, as well as a total transport network, framing it as an international transport and aviation hub and a key provider to the economic development of Dubai and the Emirates. Dubai South’s central location and customised solutions are an ideal blend for companies. With its proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), set to become the world’s largest airport, Dubai South presents a complete economic platform for industry players looking to establish their businesses across all industries.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), the region’s first aerotropolis, is home to an infrastructure that is dedicated to a diverse aviation ecosystem, accommodating commercial, freight, business jets, aircraft maintenance operations, and training and education campuses as well as customer-centric, business-friendly solutions for companies, while also offering all other Dubai Free Zone benefits and services. MBRAH laid down the foundation for international companies and regional players and is currently the hub for big players like Boeing, Lufthansa Technik and General Electric, as well as for Dynamic Advanced Training where cabin crew members are trained.