Boeing in the Middle East: Over 70 Years of Partnership
Boeing’s relationship with the Middle East extends back to 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented King Abdulaziz Al Saud a DC-3 as a gift. Since then, Boeing has established a number of offices across the region, when its headquarters was opened in Riyadh in 1982, then a dedicated Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) office in Abu Dhabi in 1999. In 2005 a headquarters was opened in Dubai and a new office in Doha in 2010 and in 2012, Boeing moved into newer offices in Abu Dhabi. In addition, Boeing has field service teams across the region and two distribution centers for airplane spare parts in Dubai.
Boeing works with a variety of customers and partners in the Middle East: with the region’s ambitious airlines that have successfully made the Middle East a global air transport hub; with defense forces that use state-of-the-art technology to secure their land and sea borders, while providing humanitarian assistance where required; with communications enterprises using satellite technology to link the region with the world; and with schools, universities and charities that are making a visible difference in their communities.