Emirates News Agency – Global Airport Leaders Forum to focus on digital transformation and pandemic security preparedness

DUBAI, May 18, 2021 (WAM) – After holding it digitally in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) will be held for the 8th time at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) in May 24 to 26.

As a co-located event of the 20th edition of Airport Show, the world’s largest B2B airport industry event, the highly anticipated aviation industry gathering will see more than 50 speakers address attendees, at both physically and virtually.

Virtually will be Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates, and Major General Khalifa Ibrahim Al Saleis, CEO of the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), established in 2016 to provide Dubai with the highest levels of safety and security.

The co-located show will take place over 12,000 square meters of exhibition space with expected attendees from at least 90 countries despite global travel restrictions as global aviation returns to normal. Other co-located events include the ATC Forum and Airport Security, as well as new conferences focused on the airport passenger experience and the digital transformation of airports.

Taking place under the high patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, it will be the largest hybrid gathering of airport industry players after COVID -19 The pandemic has had a considerable impact on the entire aviation industry.

Daniyal Qureshi, director of group exhibitions at Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organizer of the airport show, said that GALF-2021 will help airports and other players in the aviation industry understand and prepare to improve the safety, increase ef fi ciency and improve profitability.

Participating from the Airports Council International (ACI), the professional association of the world’s airports whose members operate 1,933 airports in 183 countries, will be Stefano Baronci, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific, Dimitri Coll, Vice-President of the airport customer experience, and Gary Leung, Asia Pacific Security and Facilitation Manager.

For the first time since the United Arab Emirates became the fourth Arab country to normalize its relations with Israel, senior officials from the Israel Airports Authority will attend the event and host a workshop titled “ Preparing for the Challenge of cybersecurity ” exclusively for participants.

Senior speakers highlighting the challenges and future technologies of air traffic control include Ismail Al Balooshi, Assistant Director General of Aviation Safety Affairs at GCAA; David Shomar, Vice President of Civil Security at SAAB: Ryyan Waddah Tarabzoni, CEO of Saudi Air Navigation; Jan Klas, CEO of ANS Czech Republic; Yahya Abdalla AlHammadi, CEO, GAL ANS and Andrew P. Fiamingo, COO, Indra.

With a strong digital element added to the conference this year, several North American aviation experts will also be able to join their peers on stage for the first time at the conference, giving it the largest number of global speakers ever. .

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