Dubai Airshow 2021 unveils ‘VISTA’ for aerospace, defence startups

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE-based largest aviation event, Dubai Airshow 2021 has launched VISTA, a new dedicated startup event that will be the ultimate forum for innovators, developers, and industry disruptors to showcase the latest developments and contribute to the aerospace and defense industries’ potential growth.

The event will bring together entrepreneurs and venture investors searching for disruptive new entrants that can out-hustle the big players. The event will be attended by national leaders, CEOs, investors, developers, technology disruptors, operators, and other key experts. Successful entrepreneurs from well-known global startups will also be on hand to mentor and motivate aspiring entrepreneurs.

VISTA will host a variety of sub-events during the 5-day program in collaboration with Gothams, a leading accelerator that is assisting in the creation of the next wave of aerospace and defense startups.

Commenting on his startup’s participation in VISTA, Co-founder of SARsat Arabia, Ahmed Alzurabi said, “We are delighted to be taking part in Dubai Airshow 2021 and have the opportunity to display our technologies to the wider industry. We look forward to receiving high-level guidance from significant mentors in the field, to support us in achieving our goal of using cutting-edge Earth Observation satellite technologies to help improve life on Earth.”

Maximillian Buerger
Maximillian Buerger
Founder & MD

“Exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow was an easy decision for us – the event will most likely be the largest aviation industry event of 2021 and the meeting point of aviation leaders from around the globe. Aviationfly is a United Arab Emirates headquartered startup, which similar to the Dubai Airshow connects different stakeholders in the aviation industry – our focus being the global pilot training ecosystem. The pandemic has significantly affected our industry but we used it as an opportunity to diversify our activities and are excited to be launching a new platform in time for the event in November.”

“Our startup aims to provide superior quality drone commercial services as we see a great potential in drone technologies. We have a wide range of innovative ideas that are key for achieving a major transformation in the aerospace industry and we look forward to presenting these innovations to key experts in the field,” commented Mohamed Shawky, the Founder and CEO of GeoDrones Aerial Services startup in Dubai.

VISTA will include startups from 12 different sectors, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Future Mobility, Software, Space, Aerospace, Material Science, Cyber Security, Defence, Tourism, Robotics, Drones, and Sustainability. The startup hub will offer entrepreneurs an unprecedented opportunity to interact with investors, partners, and mentors in order to launch, scale, and expand their businesses while also supporting the region’s aerospace and defense industries.

Dubai Airshow

The Dubai Airshow is a biennial air show held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in cooperation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, Dubai World Central and the UAE Armed Forces.

Dubai Airshow 2021, which is taking place from 14 to 18 November, is packed with new and expanded features focusing on emerging technologies, startups, future transport, and sustainability along with facilitated networking to help drive the business forward.

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