The Middle East is home to the world’s tallest building, biggest mall and numerous construction projects such as the Jubail II, the world’s largest civil engineering project. In fact, when it comes to mega projects, the Middle East practically invented the term.
The past year has been challenging for the region in terms of aviation: in 2018, seat growth slowed to only two percent among the “Gulf Three”, the mega carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, according to market intelligence provider CAPA. Still, the region is the most ambitious in the world. CAPA reports that although the world’s smallest aviation region, with only 1,650 aircraft in service as of beginning January 2019, the Middle East has the highest orders to fleet-in-service ratio worldwide. Orders from the region currently comprise 1,509 aircraft.