Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group

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Welcome to the preview of the launch edition of ATC Forum!


We are excited to announce the launch edition of ATC Forum exhibition which brings together 1,000 ATC/ATM professionals under one roof for three days. ATC Forum enables the international Air Traffic Management community and associated stakeholders to meet annually and focus on the challenges and opportunities in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

The event will also include a high level conference which provide a crucial networking and knowledge sharing opportunity for industry professionals delivering a safe and efficient air transport system today and in the future. It will provide a platform to encourage co-operation and collaboration across the region and between stakeholder groups.


Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge for all professionals and trade visitors (above 18 years old) if they register online in advance.


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New launches at ATC Forum

Data Link from Airtel

Data Link from Airtel

Stand: 6302

Airtel is a Data Link Company that delivers Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernisation through the implementation of data link software, infrastructure and test solutions for both ground and air.

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Remote Tower from HungaroControl

Remote Tower from HungaroControl

Stand: 6220

A new approach for mid-size airports.

By 2019, HungaroControl aims to operate a full-time remote tower in Budapest. Budapest airport will be the first remotely controlled airport of its size and complexity, with over 100,000 movements per year.

Remote Tower for Multiple Airports

The concept of multiple remote towers can further maximize the cost savings realized through the implementation of Remote Tower services. The basic notion of the concept is for a single Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) to deliver control services to multiple airports simultaneously from a single working position. 

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Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) extender from IHSE USA LLC

Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) extender from IHSE USA LLC

Stand: 6102

Draco vario 486 / 496 | SDI/KVM extenders

The new Draco vario SDI series accepts SDI signal formats up to 3G-SDI. From there the extenders allow source and destination extensions up to 10 kilometers over single-mode fi ber or up to 140 meters over Cat X, making it possible to extend high-resolution computer-based content to or from broadcast serial digital equipment.

Draco tera CPU Board I 480-CTRL2

The 480-CTRL2 offers a wide range of functionality including SNMP version 3, which encompasses services for authentication, privacy, and access control; the LDAP version 3 open-standard protocol for accessing and maintaining distributed directory information over an IP network; dual LAN ports for fail-safe, redundant network interfaces; and a genlock option for synchronizing serial digital sources when the switch is adapted with SDI option cards.

Draco OPS+ with embedded USB

The new Draco KVM Extender unit with OPS+ simplifi es the installation, operation, and management of remote displays, providing single-wire connection from remote media players and source devices to screens wherever they are located.

Draco Programmable Keyboard

With the new freely programmable IHSE (Series 444) keyboard, a keyboard, mouse and keypad can be connected as a single HID device to a KVM system through a single USB port without the need for an additional HID extension. The remaining USB port on the extender CON Unit allows simultaneous connection of another USB HID device. The mechanical and ergonomic keyboard is designed for

high demands and heavy duty with up to 50 million keystrokes.

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Geospatial Software Solutions from Luciad

Geospatial Software Solutions from Luciad

Stand: 6000

Founded in 1999, Luciad serves clients worldwide through a network of subsidiaries and resellers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In addition to thousands of users of Luciad applications, major systems integrators incorporate Luciad software in their own products. They work with leading organizations such as Airbus Defence and Space, Lufthansa Systems, NATO, Lockheed Martin and Thales.

In aviation Luciad is used within Flight Planning & Tracking, Central Flow management, Air Command & Control, System-Wide Information Management, Electronic Flight Bags and En-Route systems, Unmanned Traffic Management.

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ATC Conference

ATC Conference is a must attend for those seeking to collaborate with ANSPs, aircraft operators, airports, regulators and industry suppliers. To hear from and meet leaders of regional and global ANSPs.

Meet the speakers:


All attendees can enjoy coffee networking and lunch.

Register your interest to attend this year’s Conference here

Business Matchmaking Programme

Business Connect

The online digital business matchmaking platform is getting more and more interactive – don’t miss out on the opportunity to book meetings with exhibitors before the event and create your digital agenda!

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Meet the Buyers

Rakhmanov Ulukbek Aitbaevich

Rakhmanov Ulukbek Aitbaevich

Director General of the State Enterprise "Kyrgyzaeronavigatsia"

Rakhmanov has two higher economic educations and has worked in civil aviation since 1999.  He was awarded with the Honorary Diploma of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic, Honorary Diplomas of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC).

During his leadership SE "Kyrgyzaeronavigatsia" he was the first among CIS countries which been awarded with "Honorary sign" of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC).

Ongoing projects:

Name of project: The program of development and modernization of air traffic management systems of the State Enterprise "Kyrgyzaeronavigatsia" under the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz republic until 2020.

Purpose: Modernization and re-equipping the air traffic services system and determination the enterprise development strategy in the light of the elaboration of the National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic until 2020.

  • Ensuring air traffic safety until 2020
  • Modernization of air navigation facilities until 2020
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Ibrahim Thoha

Ibrahim Thoha

General Manager, Air Traffic Management, Maldives Airports Company Ltd.

Mr. Ibrahim Thoha is an airport professional with over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. He began his career in 1989 as an Air Traffic Control Officer (Trainee) of Maldives Airports Authority (MAA). He continued his profession uninterrupted when MAA was re-established as Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) in 1994 by the government of Maldives as a financially and administratively independent company.

Within two decades, he rose steadily through the air traffic services ranks of MACL, up to his current position of General Manager, Air Traffic Management. In his present capacity, he is required to oversee and manage the provision of air traffic services by MACL who, as an Air Navigation Service Provider, has been granted exclusive rights for air traffic services provision within the Maldives airspace by the Maldivian Civil Aviation Authority.

During the course of his profession, he participated in numerous trainings, seminars, meetings and workshops; including a number of technical courses within his area of expertise, as well as exposure visits to several overseas ATC Service Providers.

Ongoing projects:

  • Installation of a MSSR radar
  • Upcoming projects
  • Replacement of existing extended VHF communication with IP radios
  • Installation of AMHS
  • Change from AIS to AIM
  • Replacement of ATM system
  • Expansion of ADS-B coverage
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How to use your Smart badge

This year all visitors will receive a ‘smart badge’ that can be tapped on the Poken Touchpoints available on all exhibitor stands and features.

With your smart badge, you can build your digital journey and receive digital information from exhibitors – no need to carry big brochures or collect business cards.

At the end of each day, you will receive a daily digest of your day, who you met and what products you received which you can access with a click of a mouse!

Beat the queues, if you haven’t already, you can register for FREE here



Regional airlines and airports are showing no signs of slowing down. By 2020, the GCC countries alone will handle over 450 million passengers, while airport development across the Middle East and Africa currently stands at over US$ 170 billion.

To know more about the latest projects in the region,  click here

Latest Projects

Marhaba Discount Code

Marhaba Discount Code

15% discount will be given out to Airport Show exhibitors and visitors on Marhaba Services. 

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Plan your Stay with Rotana

Plan your Stay with Rotana

Visitors can enjoy exclusive rates at Rose Rayhaan, Towers Rotana, Villa Rotana and Al Bandar Rotana.

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Travel on Emirates Airlines

Travel on Emirates Airlines

Are you attending Airport Show this year? Get your special fares on Emirates Airlines when register today.

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Explore with Happy Holidays

Explore with Happy Holidays

Your adventure awaits! Explore Dubai and discover the best places to visit. 

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The Venue: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC)

The easiest way to get to the venue is by metro or taxi. Taxis directly take you to the drop off area right outside Za’abeel Hall 5.

Timings: 10:00am – 6:00pm (7 - 9 May 2018)

Halls: Za’abeel Halls 4 - 6

Free Car Parking: These car parks operate in a first-come, first-served basis. Download the map here


Featured articles

Air Traffic Control Middle East

Air Traffic Control Middle East

Civil aviation in the Middle East is a high-flying industry. Not only does it support two million jobs: it also contributes US$116 billion in GDP to the region. This report will investigate the industry, using current information from Air Traffic Control. It will consider aviation in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which has been defined as the “Middle East” for the purposes of this report. Additionally, it will examine growth in regional economy, in flights, passenger numbers and cargo volumes, considering the effects on Air Traffic Control.

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Air Traffic Control Market Overview: Mid-East / Northern Africa Region

Air Traffic Control Market Overview: Mid-East / Northern Africa Region

As described in a recent Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) sponsored study, Mid-East and Northern Africa air traffic management (ATM) systems are facing serious challenges in both their flexibility and capacity. 

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Managing Airports Far From Crowded Cities

Managing Airports Far From Crowded Cities

Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airport operators are facing increasing pressure from airspace users and are challenged to modernise air traffic control services to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve performance and safety.

For almost a century, a symbolic image of an airport had been the control tower from which air traffic controllers monitor flights taking off, coming in to land and taxiing to and from the terminal. The scene is changing at many airports around the world with “virtual” Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers now becoming a reality.

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