Middle East Business Aviation to become Annual Event

Travel News Asia Tuesday, 27 June 2006

Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA), which had a successful conference debut alongside the Dubai 2005 air show, is to become an annual event boasting a static park exhibition.

The new-look MEBA will debut at the Airport Expo Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, home of the Dubai air show, from 31 January  to 1 February, 2007.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and Chairman of the Emirates Group, commented, Published industry analysis of growth in the number of business jets operating in the region, now standing at 18%, is outstripping the rest of Asia this then is a market that no-one can afford to ignore. Neither do I foresee any let up in growth just the opposite in fact. With a continuing surge in inter-regional corporate travel, huge growth in tourism and an influx of international events being staged and hosted regionwide, the market can only continue upwards.

Dubai was selected as MEBA 2007 host following heavy industry demand for airside facilities.

We do have plans to roll MEBA out annually around the region as and when appropriate facilities become available, said Virginia Kern, Chairman, F&E. The inclusion of a static park exhibition facility will enable manufacturers or dealers to show aircraft and arrange for appropriate demonstration flights.

Two key audiences aircraft buyers and industry operators have been identified for the conference. By doing this, MEBA will be able to build on the excellent foundation of its inaugural event and will be better able to target the level of information to the appropriate audience, explained Alison Weller, Director-Aerospace, F&E.

The outline MEBA conference programme earmarks Day One for the people at the back of the plane. Day Two will be primarily for aircraft operators and service providers.

Outline topics up for discussion include, whether a modern business helicopter best meets the Gulfs business aviation needs and the alternatives to outright purchase.

The conference will conclude with an open forum where delegates will have the chance to raise topical business aviation issues with a panel of experts.

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