Today our Dubai office celebrates its first year representing Helios in the Middle East! It has been a long journey to get to this point, but we consider ourselves to be just at the beginning, with ambitions looking way over the horizon. We have had an excellent year. It has been hard work, but also rewarding thanks to a number of interesting and high-profile projects.
Our work has taken us around the region, building relationships and delivering projects for new and existing customers. You might have seen one of our current projects for Dubai Airports featured in our latest newsletter. We have also continued to support a number of regional initiatives; not least ICAO's new Middle East ATM Enhancement Programme (MAEP), where we are providing technical support to CANSO and the early stages of the MID AIM Database (MIDAD). Indeed, our Middle East Director Alan Corner is currently in Cairo attending this week's initial Task Force meeting.
Our team has also been active on the seemingly endless conference circuit, where we have been happy to share our views about the issues facing the region: airspace capacity challenges, the importance of regional cooperation, safety culture, to name a few. We have also featured routinely in the region's professional press, including Arabian Aerospace (page 90) and Aviation Business Middle East (page 41).
We expect to be even busier next year. We are working closely with our colleagues in Egis to broaden our service offering, especially around airports. We are also strengthening our team, aiming to more than double the number of staff employed permanently in Dubai and moving to new larger offices in Silicon Oasis in September.
Our aim is always to provide added value for our customers in the Middle East. As a result, we will be organising our first airport seminar in Dubai this September focusing on the challenges that Middle East airports have to deal with, as they face the expected high growth in air traffic in the region.
Further information will follow soon. So stay tuned and do not forget that: "If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow!" (an old Arabian proverb).
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