Aviation expert Helios has moved into a larger office in Dubai, to accommodate for the growth and ambitions of its local team. Its new, bigger premise is based within Dubai’s Silicon Oasis zone.
Founded in 1996, Helios is a consulting firm that focuses exclusively on the aviation industry. Its service portfolio spans a wide range of consultancy and aviation services, including business economics, planning & procurement, regulation and sustainability. Helios operates from offices in Farnborough (UK), Dubai (UAE) and Å½ilina (Slovakia), and is since 2013 part of Egis, a French-origin global services firm with more than 12,000 employees in approximately 100 countries.
In 2012, Helios decided to establish an on the ground premise in Dubai, primarily to capitalise on the growing demand for consulting services from airlines and the local aviation ecosystem. According to recent research from Oxford Economics, Dubai’s aviation industry is currently valued at $26.7 billion, which represents more than a quarter of the state’s total GDP. If Dubai manages to realise the industry’s full potential, then by 2030 the value of the aviation industry will grow to a staggering $88 billion, making up nearly half of the local economy.
On the back of the growth and potential going forward, Helios has recently decided to bolster its team. A number of new hires have been added, including David Adebiyi (formerly with NATS Consulting) and two consultants that have relocated from Europe. To facilitate the growth, the entire team has, together with parent company Egis (20 in total), moved to a new premise in Silicon Oasis, a 7.2 million square meter zone used for industrial, business and commercial use.
“We have had a base in Dubai for nearly 18 months now and we have had to find new premises for our growing team. Being on the doorstep has enabled us to develop stronger relationships with existing customers, and to win new business here too. We are anticipating continued growth over the coming months – with further postings from Europe alongside local recruitment," says Alan Corner, Helios' director Middle East and Asia.