The Global Airport Leaders Forum will take off in Dubai on May 24

During one of the sessions of the 2019 edition of the GALF
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Strong points

  • The 8th edition will be held at the DWTC over three days
  • Over 50 loudspeakers to address physically / virtually
  • Heads of GCAA, GDRFA and SIRA to speak
  • Israeli airports will join for the first time
  • Focus on digital transformation and post-pandemic security preparedness

After holding it digitally in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) will be held for the eighth time at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) from May 24-26.

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

Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibitions Director, Reed Exhibitions

Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibitions Director, Reed Exhibitions
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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 His Highness 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 most large hybrid gathering of players in the airport industry after the The Covid-19 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 Ismaeil Al Balooshi, Deputy 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.

In addition to GDRFA, SIRA, ACI and Israel Airports Authority, key security experts speaking at the airport security conference include Zack Zainal, Senior Vice President, Emirates Group Security; Fahmi Jabri, Managing Director, Honeywell Commercial Security Middle East, Turkey and Africa; Sudarshan Avadhany, Sales Manager for Middle East Government Solutions, Rohde & Schwarz; Ayman A. M Aboabah, Vice President of Operations, Riyadh Airport and Johnnie Müller, Senior Vice President of Security Services and Crisis Response, Copenhagen Airport, among others.

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, including Syed Mohammed. Mehdi, Director of Strategy and Innovation AAE, San Antonio International Airport; Tara Mulrooney, vice president of technology, Edmonton International Airport; Mark Thorpe, CEO, Ontario International Airport; Api Appulingam, PE Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development and Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia International Airports; Paul A. Brown, CEO, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA); Ann B. Richart AAE, Director of Aeronautics, Nebraska Department of Transportation and Jeffrey Miller, Airport Manager, Laredo International Airport, USA.

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