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The Middle East is home to some of the world's best and fastest growing airlines and some of the world's largest airports. This creates opportunities for Danish suppliers of technologies and services to airports and airlines. To tap in to these opportunities, the Danish Aviation Group has arranged commercial delegations to Iran, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

To ensure the continuous wealth of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nations in a post fossil fuel era, many are investing heavily in creating an economy based on tourism and trade. This, in turn, requires large airports and airlines as seen in e.g. the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. As a result, the Middle East has become home to some of the world's largest and fastest growing airports and airlines, thus creating a boom in the aviation industry as demonstrated in the figure below.

 *Revenue passenger miles can be considered the basic amount of "production" an airline creates. The revenue passenger miles can be used to determine the overall passenger load factor. These measurements may also be used to measure unit revenues and unit costs.

The United Arab Emirates: regional trade and tourism hub

The UAE's position as a regional trade and tourism hub has created a large demand for new airports. Apart from building the world’s largest airport (Al Maktoum/Dubai World Central), the country has within two hours' drive Dubai Airport (world’s busiest airport), Abu Dhabi Airport (50mppa in 2017) and Sharjah Airport (25mppa in 2025). In addition, 97% of people entering the UAE arrive by air, and the country is home to some of the world’s largest and fastest growing airlines, such as Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, AirArabia & Flydubai.
In Dubai alone, the aviation industry accounted for more than 25% of GDP in 2016 and is expected to grow to 45% in 2030 as demonstrated in the following figure:

Qatar: 200 new airplanes and 8bn USD expansion to support FIFA World Cup
Doha is expanding Hamad International Airport and doubling their capacity before the football world cup 2022. A large expansion was recently approved to support both the influx of guests for the World Cup 2022, but also the rapid growth of the national carrier, Qatar Airways.

Saudi Arabia: 3 new airlines and projects for +50bn USD
Saudi Arabia laid out their GACA 2020 strategy for developing aviation in Saudi Arabia to 100mppa and has more than US$ 50 billion in confirmed projects. Besides this, three new airlines have surfaced in the past 18 months, and the Kingdom is thus positioning itself as a strong regional player in the aviation industry.

Kuwait & Bahrain: 2 new airports and 7bn USD investments
Kuwait & Bahrain are rapidly expanding their airlines and airports to replicate the success of the large gulf carriers and airports and to increase capacity.

Oman: Muscat International - the nation’s largest project ever
Oman is currently completing the largest project in Oman’s history: the Muscat International Airport. Oman has seen a steady increase in regional traffic and in tourism, which caused the need for a new airport.

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