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2020-09-01

Dubai HeliShow to Go Hybrid in 2021

Dubai HeliShow, the biennial international helicopter technology and operations exhibition dedicated to the helicopter industry, has announced new dates. The event, organised by Domus Group, will take place from January 19-21, 2021, instead of November 2020. 
 
To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 8th edition of the Dubai HeliShow is being formatted to become a hybrid event – reportedly the first ever event in the Middle East to use this engaging combination of physical and 3D virtual format for tradeshows, conferences, seminars, and workshops. The 3D Virtual/Hybrid event platform is being dubbed as the ‘new norm’ for the events industry. 
 
Dubai HeliShow is an ideal platform for the international helicopter community to meet and interact with prospective customers including State delegates and trade visitors from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.
 
Ahmad Abulhoul, Managing Director, Domus Group, said, “Following feedback from the industry, and the future development of Dubai HeliShow prompted us to postpone the event. Though 70 per cent of the planned exhibition space and sponsorship are already booked, the over-riding factor for the decision is to give our exhibitor and sponsors a wide range of audience from around the world – either in person or online – to participate.

The new dates will allow more time for global participants to prepare, and the implementation of hybrid format will give convenience and flexibility to allow expansion into other world markets that had once found it difficult or costly to attend in person.”
 
Maysoon Abulhoul, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Domus Group, added: “By applying this new hybrid format type of event, Dubai HeliShow’s conference is set to combine a ‘live’ in person experience with a ‘virtual’ online component – giving both physical and online speakers and attendees the same event interaction within the timeframe of the event.

The exhibition component of the show will be combining physical exhibitors over an exciting three-day period and a virtual experience via an engaging and immersive 3D virtual platform that will be live 24/7 for one year for this event. The platform will include a 3D tour with a 360-degree view and walk-through system of a virtual venue consisting of a main lobby, exhibition hall, auditorium, and a virtual networking area.”
 
The physical aspect of the exhibition and conference will still take place at Dubai South, Al Maktoum International Airport. The Dubai HeliShow will highlight the new developments in the rotor industry, including the next-generation helicopters and air taxis; the futuristic vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technologies; the future maintenance and repair organisations (MROs) in the region; and updates on aerodrome and heliport regulations. 
 
New Features
The latest addition to Dubai Helishow, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drone sector will showcase the latest technology and innovation from the drone industry and discuss the importance and various application of the UAV/Drone in the region and its impact on several industries contributing on the overall growth of its emerging market.
 
To be co-located with the Dubai HeliShow 2021, the Military & Homeland Security 2021 will feature leading organisations from the defence industry showcasing and highlighting their latest technological developments in counterterrorism and enhanced internal and external security measures, while also discussing the advancements of regional and global threats in conventional warfare (CW) and asymmetrical warfare (AW). The event offers an opportunity for the defence sector to expand, grow and link with other key-players across the GCC and other regions.
 
Some of the international companies set to participate at the three-day physical show and a year of virtual exhibition include Columbia Helicopters (Heavy-lift Helicopter Fleet Operator), Cartivator/SkyDrive (Japanese company building a flying car and targeting to use it to light the 2021 Tokyo Olympic flame), TACOR Inc. (American Aircraft MRO company), Vita Inclinata Technologies (leading Load Stability Systems in U.S.), Souther Cross Aviation (Helicopter or Aircraft Spare Parts and MRO company), Bertoli Srl (Italian Ground Power Manufacturer), Donaldson Aerospace (Aircraft Filtration Systems Provider), Specialist Aviation Services (Bespoke Aviation Solutions Provider), and PBS (High Quality and Innovative Aerospace Engineering Company).
 
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