Company History

During its history F&E has organised events for virtually every major industry sector and has operated in every continent of the world.

F&E's first show in the region - Middle East Construction - took place in 1976 & was the first major international exhibition ever to be held in the Gulf

F&E's first show in the region - Middle East Construction - took place in 1976 & was the first major international exhibition ever to be held in the Gulf

The Dubai Airshow started life as Arab Air in 1986. Company founder Bill Kern can be seen here; along with his daughter Virginia who would later head up F&E.

The Dubai Airshow started life as Arab Air in 1986. Company founder Bill Kern can be seen here; along with his daughter Virginia who would later head up F&E.

Spurred on by substantial Middle East investment in civil and military aviation the first Dubai Airshow was held in 1989 at Dubai International Airport.

Spurred on by substantial Middle East investment in civil and military aviation the first Dubai Airshow was held in 1989 at Dubai International Airport.

F&E has been responsible for the launch of some of the Middle East's leading trade shows such as Arab Health and IDEX - the show's 1993 launch is seen here.

F&E has been responsible for the launch of some of the Middle East's leading trade shows such as Arab Health and IDEX - the show's 1993 launch is seen here.

The Airshow’s rapid growth was evidenced in the new, purpose built exhibition centre – Airport Expo – where most of F&E's shows were held from 1999 to 2011.

The Airshow’s rapid growth was evidenced in the new, purpose built exhibition centre – Airport Expo – where most of F&E's shows were held from 1999 to 2011.

The 2005 Dubai Airshow hosted the debut of the A380 in the Middle East; it arrived in full Emirates livery for its largest customer.

The 2005 Dubai Airshow hosted the debut of the A380 in the Middle East; it arrived in full Emirates livery for its largest customer.

F&E has continued to launch shows across many industries such as printing and education - GESS (Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions) was launched in 2007.

F&E has continued to launch shows across many industries such as printing and education - GESS (Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions) was launched in 2007.

The company's dedicated aerospace division - F&E Aerospace - manages industry leading shows such as Dubai Airshow, MEBA, AIME & MRO Middle East.

The company's dedicated aerospace division - F&E Aerospace - manages industry leading shows such as Dubai Airshow, MEBA, AIME & MRO Middle East.

In 2013 the Dubai Airshow moved to its new home at DWC where it set the world record for the most successful air show ever with an order book of US$206.1 bn

In 2013 the Dubai Airshow moved to its new home at DWC where it set the world record for the most successful air show ever with an order book of US$206.1 bn

  • F&E's first show in the region - Middle East Construction - took place in 1976 & was the first major international exhibition ever to be held in the Gulf
  • The Dubai Airshow started life as Arab Air in 1986. Company founder Bill Kern can be seen here; along with his daughter Virginia who would later head up F&E.
  • Spurred on by substantial Middle East investment in civil and military aviation the first Dubai Airshow was held in 1989 at Dubai International Airport.
  • F&E has been responsible for the launch of some of the Middle East's leading trade shows such as Arab Health and IDEX - the show's 1993 launch is seen here.
  • The Airshow’s rapid growth was evidenced in the new, purpose built exhibition centre – Airport Expo – where most of F&E's shows were held from 1999 to 2011.
  • The 2005 Dubai Airshow hosted the debut of the A380 in the Middle East; it arrived in full Emirates livery for its largest customer.
  • F&E has continued to launch shows across many industries such as printing and education - GESS (Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions) was launched in 2007.
  • The company's dedicated aerospace division - F&E Aerospace - manages industry leading shows such as Dubai Airshow, MEBA, AIME & MRO Middle East.
  • In 2013 the Dubai Airshow moved to its new home at DWC where it set the world record for the most successful air show ever with an order book of US$206.1 bn