United Arab Emirates' Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attended the 13th annual Dubai International Airshow, held at the Al-Maktoum International Airport, in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
On the first day, US giant Boeing received a huge order from Dubai-based Emirates airline for 150 of their new 777 mini-jumbos, in a £47bn deal. The 64-year-old ruler took to his Twitter account to talk on the new deals and said the package would turn Emirates into one of the world's largest airlines.
"Emirates Airline signed deals worth of $99bn, whereas Etihad's deals reached $25bn and flydubai's deals reached $11bn," he tweeted, adding, "Our national airlines are leading a new phase in the global airline industry. We aim to be the economic centre that links the world together"
According to the event's website, "within three hours of opening, the show's order tally reached US $162.6 billion – surpassing its previous record of US $155 billion record set in 2007 – with deals coming from Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, flydubai and Qatar Airways."
The deals were signed on the Emirati side by Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney.
At the event, the UAE air display team, Al Fursan performed a stunning aerobatic stunt air display.
Scroll down to take a look the first day of Dubai International Airshow 2013 in pictures.