Britain determined to win global aerospace race - Cameron
UK Prime Minister David Cameron this evening made a whistlestop tour of the Dubai Airshow at its new home, Dubai World Central.
The Prime Minister stopped off in the Arabian Gulf emirate on his way back from the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka. He toured the 645,000 square metres site, ahead of its opening tomorrow, Sunday November 16.
His visit to the purpose-built Dubai Airshow exhibition facility, part of the world’s biggest aerotropolis, included meeting officials from Airbus and BAE Systems, as well as the UK’s RAF aerobatics squad, the Red Arrows, which Cameron said were ‘a real treat’ to meet via a tweet from the site.
The Red Arrows will be performing during the Dubai Airshow as part of their Middle East tour, alongside BAE’s new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, flown by Flt Lt Jamie Norris.
The Prime Minister is backing BAE’s campaign to sell its new fighter to the UAE; amid government optimism that the Typhoon – built by BAE, EADS and Finmeccanica, and financed by the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain – will be chosen in a multi-billion dollar deal with the UAE.
The premier then went on to meet 150 CEOs of UK businesses taking part in the Dubai Airshow, sounding a bullish forecast for Britain’s aerospace industry: “It’s a global race….and one that we can win if we play to our strengths,” he said.
The Prime Minister said Britain has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, employing 230,000 people.
He underlined his government’s commitment to the industry: “It’s an industry we take seriously, recognising it needs real money and real partnerships. A real commitment goes beyond pounds, shillings and pence; it requires government time and partnerships. Britain will sell responsibly and we will be pushing our partnerships, as we will here in the UAE.”
He concluded by telling the gathering of CEOs he looked forward to hearing of deals concluded during the Dubai Airshow, telling them to “get out there and win.”
The UK and UAE have long held close business ties. This year’s Dubai Airshow features 121 UK companies, and a UK pavilion.
Running from Sunday, November 16 until Thursday 21 November 2013, this year’s Dubai Airshow is set to be the largest in its 26-year history, with up to 60,000 trade attendees expected over the week.
The Dubai Airshow is open to trade and professional visitors only. Visitors can register online now www.dubaiairshow.aero/register and Press can also register online at http://www.dubaiairshow.aero/media/media-registration it is strongly recommended for all attendees to register online before coming to the show.
The Dubai Airshow is organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in co-operation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, Dubai World Central and the UAE Armed Forces.
Photo Caption: Cameron says: “Get out there and win”.