130+ American companies exhibiting at Dubai Airshow 2023
USA Partnership Pavilion is where business gets done
More than 130 American companies are exhibiting an impressive number of US military and commercial aircraft and aerospace technology at the Dubai Airshow (November 13-17, 2023).
A high-level delegation of American diplomatic, military and industry leaders are also visiting the airshow, taking place at the DWC Dubai Airshow site.
Against a backdrop of geopolitical tension and strained alliances across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the strong US showing, the largest ever at the event, underscores the country’s commitment to cooperation on various issues, including regional peace and stability.
The UAE is the United States’ single largest export market in the MENA region, and more than 1,000 US firms operate in the country, according to the US State Department.
The centrepiece of the US national presence at the Dubai Airshow 2023 is the USA Partnership Pavilion, organised for the ninth consecutive edition — 13th overall — by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., in coordination with US government agencies, including the US Departments of Commerce, Defence, State and Transportation.
The Pavilion is America’s headquarters on-site, a high-profile showcase for 80 participating US exhibitors to maximise their exposure and impact at the event, and a forum for all to share ideas and insights.
21 new US exhibitors
The Pavilion roster includes 21 exhibitors who are new to the show and seven who are new to the market. A total of 22 US states are represented, including two stand-alone state pavilions — Washington and Arizona — within the larger US space, all looking to generate new business and create more jobs in the US by growing exports, expanding in their in-region footprint, and recruiting overseas partners to establish or participate in stateside operations.
Notable among the US manufacturers, technology innovators, and supply-chain leaders participating in this year’s airshow are multi-national companies with significant in-country operations, including Raytheon (Booth RT1), Lockheed Martin (Booth LM1) and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (Booth 1380).
Tom Kallman, Kallman Worldwide President and CEO, said American participation in the airshow reflects a global trend.
“Now more than ever, success in international trade comes from partnership and teamwork. The USA Partnership Pavilion sharpens our focus on advancing America’s national security and global trade interests by building stronger relationships with our international customers,” Kallman said.
“From publicly traded OEMs to small and medium-sized enterprises, many of our exhibitors already have significant partnerships and operations in the UAE and the MENA region. After this show, many more will.”
Former NASA Space Shuttle Commander, Col. Mike Bloomfield (USAF, Ret.), is attending the Dubai Airshow 2023 as a goodwill ambassador for industry and the Endeavour Scholarship. In addition to his presence on the show floor, Bloomfield will participate in the introduction of the third UAE Endeavour Mission Team and will tour area schools to promote STEM education and careers.
From the show floor to the broader stakeholder community, the collective US presence at the 2023 Dubai Airshow is a strong indication of how vital the MENA region is to the United States and that buyers and influencers there are looking to the US industry for innovative solutions and partners to help strengthen regional defence and economic security.
Featured image: A view of Dubai Airshow 2021. Image Tarsus Aerospace.