Total sale deals at the Dubai Airshow look set to cross $100 billion today when the five-day event closes, and the next edition of the biennial event in 2017 promises to clinch deals worth three times of this to set a record $300 billion orders.

Major General Abdullah Al Sayed Al Hashemi, Chief of the Military Committee, and the spokesman of the UAE Armed Forces at the show, revealed on Wednesday that the total value of deals, including defence contracts, inked during the first two days of the show reached around $70 billion.

In an interview with the ‘Nation Shield’ Journal, Al Hashemi predicted that the total value of deals would rise to $100 billion by today when the show closes as the UAE Air Force is looking to purchase 60 fighter jets and is closely studying the Dassault-built Rafale after an earlier evaluation of the four-nation Eurofighter.