The organisers of this December's Dubai international aerospace exhibition (Chalet 218) say they have already sold 91% of the available stand space, with just nine of the 82 chalets still to be reserved.

"This was the very healthy sales picture before we came here for our final push," says Clive Richardson, chief executive of show organiser Fairs & Exhibitions. "In all, 70% of Dubai 2003 has been fully contracted and we expect to be able to complete the job here at Le Bourget and into the early autumn."

The eighth Dubai show, this year's event has so far attracted exhibitors from 26 countries, with national or industry pavilions booked by organisations from Italy, the Czech Republic, the UK, the USA, France, Germany, Russia and - for the first time - the Ukraine and Russia.


Established participants have boosted their presence. Northrop Grumman is taking a bigger chalet, Enterprise Florida plans to double its space, and Abu Dhabi's CERT Higher Colleges of Technology will take more than 30% more.

Recently contracted exhibitors include Chevron Texaco, Dassault Aviation, GIE Rafale, global mobile satellite operator Inmarsat, and France and the UK.

Parallel associated events include the inaugural Aviation Fire and Security International conference and exhibition, to be held in its own area at Dubai 2003 on 10-11 December, and the Defense News Air Chiefs' Conference, set for 6 December at Le Meridien Dubai.

Source: Flight Daily News