ITALY, A UAE PARTNER ALSO IN GREENER AND SMARTER AIRPORTS
The Italian Trade Agency gathers 26 Italian companies at the Dubai Airport Show
Dubai, UAE; 9th May 2023: Italy, one of the world leaders in the design and construction of airports infrastructure, is presenting the Italian solutions for sustainable and innovative airports at the 22nd Airport Show until Thursday 11th May.
Located in Sheikh Saeed Hall 2 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Italy Pavilion is organized by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), the Governmental Agency that promotes “Made in Italy” across the world according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The 26 manufacturers showcasing Italian excellencies in the sector- ranging from air traffic management systems to construction, engineering and consultancy services – are all members of Air Tech Italy (ATI), the leading Trade Association representing Italian companies specialized in supplying products, technologies and services for airports and air-traffic control.
Italy has a global reputation for its excellent manufacturing capabilities and design skills and many Italian companies have been involved in a wide range of airport construction and management projects around the world and in the Middle East, including the expansion of the Dubai International Airport, the construction of the new terminal at the Muscat International Airport in Oman, the construction of the new terminal at the Kuwait International Airport and of the Hamad International Airport in Qatar.
Italian companies active in the sector of projecting, building, and managing airport infrastructure reached a total turnover of €4.8 billion with 20,000 employees in 2021.
An average of 421 million passengers – 5% of the world total – transit trough Middle Eastern airports every year and, according to the ACI (Airports Council International), by 2040 the Passengers’ flow will reach of 1.1 billion units. Major investments in airport infrastructures are planned across the region with 155 modernization and expansion projects currently undergoing with an investment of around USD 200 billion.
Lorenzo Fanara, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, said: “I am glad to present some of the leading Italian companies in the airport sector exhibiting at the Dubai Airport Show. Italy has a strong track record in aviation and airports, hosting airports such as Rome’s Fiumicino that are constantly at the top of global and European rankings for quality and services. Italian companies are eager to share their expertise in efficient, sustainable and high-tech airport design”.
Talking about the Italy Pavilion at the Airport Show, Amedeo Scarpa, Director of ITA office in the UAE said, “We are excited to be back at the Dubai Airport Show with 26 Italian companies whose motto this year will be “Sustainability is SustainabITALY”; the UAE and the GCC are considered one of the fastest growing markets for airport investments in the coming years.
Sustainability and digitalization are hot topics also in the airport industry and are the main drivers defining development strategies and main infrastructural upgrading interventions for individual airports.”
Airports are rethinking how their infrastructures could be designed and operated to reduce their overall environmental footprint and increase their positive economic impact. Energy-efficient buildings using solar panels or wind turbines, better waste management and green mobility in the airports are some of the best practices that are being implemented.
New digital technologies in the aviation industry can be applied to both the infrastructure and the passenger flow to improve the overall efficiency and the passenger experience. Digitalization will be key for the next decade to improve overall performance on all levels, from experience to resource management and even for sustainability where only the parts of the airport that need to be lighted or heated are used, where unnecessary vehicle movements are avoided and garbage collection done in a smart way to name but a few examples.
“Airports in the Middle East will need to invest 151 billion dollars in capacity expansion as the global air passenger demand is expected to increase more than two-fold by 2040 as indicated by major studies” says Giulio De Carli, President of Air Tech Italy. “It’s expected that the airports in the Middle East will handle 1.1 billion passengers by 2040, a significant increase from 2019’s 421 million”.
“Air Tech Italy’s participation at the Dubai Airport Show – for the third consecutive time – with an impressive national Pavilion promoted by ITA and involving 26 Italian companies, shows the growing focus of our industry on the region. Countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait to name but a few, continue to invest in the latest airport technologies and in their infrastructures, aiming to be a leading logistics hub for the global market and a strategic logistics crossroads for the growing economies of Asia, Africa and Europe. For this reason – continues De Carli – Air Tech Italy will support the growing importance of the region by expanding the role of Italian solution providers for the aviation market. Attending the Dubai Airport Show is one of the key elements in this strategy, with the Saudi Airport Exhibition, to be held in Riyadh December 19th and 20th, yet another important event to support that same strategy”.
For more information on Italy’s participation at the Airport Show, check the exhibition e-catalogue here: https://www.ice.it/it/sites/default/files/inline-files/Airport%20Show_2023_LIGHT.pdf
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The companies that are part of the Italy Pavilion at the Airport Show 2023 are:
- A-ICE SRL
- CIAS ELETTRONICA SRL
- CUSTOM SPA
- ENTER MED S.R.L
- FAAC SPA
- GENERAL SECURITY ITALY
- GILARDONI SPA A SOCIO UNICO
- ITALIAN TECHNOLOGY S.A.S.
- JM Enterprise
- MOBIMESH INPIAZZA
- NAITEC SRL
- OCEM AIRFIELD
- ONE TRAY SPA
- ONE WORKS
- SEINGIM GLOBAL SERVICE SRL
- SITTI SPA
- TECNO SPA
- TECNOLOGIE LAZIALI
About Italian Trade Agency – The Italian Trade Agency is the Government agency which promotes the globalization of Italian firms, under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ITA helps to develop, facilitate and promote Italian economic and trade relations with foreign countries, focusing on the needs of SMEs, their associations and partnerships. ITA sustains Italian firms in their internationalization process, promoting the marketing of Italian goods and services as well as the image of “Made in Italy” products around the world, while facilitating outward Italian investments and encouraging FDI attraction into Italy. ITA provides information, support and consultancy services to Italian companies on foreign markets, in order to foster exports and economic cooperation in all sectors, with the objective of increasing the effectiveness of their presence on international markets. ITA works closely with the Italian Regions, the network of Italian Chambers of Commerce, business organizations and other public and private entities. ITA’s headquarters are based in Rome and it works through a large network of offices around the world which are acknowledged as “Trade Promotion Offices” of the Embassies or Consulates of Italy. https://www.ice.it/en/markets/united-arab-emirates
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Daniela Gorini and Mai Touma