AIA Showcases American Industry at Dubai Air Show
November 14, 2017
Long before the ribbon to open the airshow was cut, AIA has been hard at work laying the framework to advance American priorities as part of the bi-annual Dubai Airshow. A trusted partner by both government and industry, AIA plays a unique role at international airshows, supporting the U.S. military aircraft presence while also hosting the Signature Series roundtables that convene important conversations between senior government and industry leaders on the issues that matter for American leadership in global trade.
“The Dubai Air Show provides aerospace and defense companies the opportunity to demonstrate U.S. leadership in the global economy, and the fact that we are the reliable partner of choice in a contested and competitive marketplace. AIA is proud to be here supporting our member companies, and to continue advocating policies that enable our country to extend economic and security cooperation to close friends and strong allies like the UAE,” said AIA COO Bob Durbin during his remarks at a dinner co-hosted by AIA and the U.S. – UAE Business Council opening night.
The opening day of the Dubai Air Show centered on that opportunity to showcase American manufacturers. Beginning with the ribbon cutting of the American Partnership Pavilion, AIA led the charge to highlight the opportunities for American enterprise. This year, the 80-plus exhibitors in the American Pavilion represent companies large and small and from across the supply chain, with many recognized prominently by the “AIA Proud Member” designation at their locations.
The chance to highlight the strength of the American aerospace and defense sector extends to the flight line as well, where in partnership with the U.S. military, AIA supports aircrews bringing platforms from across the Services. As part of this year’s opening ceremonies, the Air Force’s F-22 crew received a visit from the senior leaders of the United Arab Emirates, with Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord and U.S. Ambassador to the UAE Barbara Leaf escorting His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, on a visit to the aircraft.
Advancing policies that extend economic and security cooperation efforts remains a central goal of AIA’s Dubai Air Show work as well. Through the Signature Series of roundtables, AIA leadership has convened discussions between senior government leaders from across the interagency, including the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and State with industry partners to identify opportunities for advancing cooperation and innovation. Those conversations continued at the AIA co-hosted dinner that evening.
Over the course of the Dubai Air Show, and at featured air shows across the globe, AIA continues to advocate and promote for policies that advance the American aerospace and defense industry, showcasing the strength, security, and prosperity that only that industry can deliver.