MEBAA SHOW MOROCCO HIGHLIGHTS NORTH AFRICAN BUSINESS AVIATION GROWTHFri, 21/11/2014Read laterExhibition and conference debuts in Casablanca, Morocco, September 2015...Dubai, 20 October, 2014: Reflecting the growing importance of North Africa as a business aviation base, the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association is hosting its first dedicated event for North Africa, MEBAA Show Morocco, in September 2015. Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), says: “Morocco represents an attractive investment market, with growing wealth, strong macroeconomic policies, and lower cost bases for business aviation players. We see enormous opportunities, and are keen to promote our aims of ensuring a well-supported, regulated and safe business aviation sector in North Africa.” Set to be held at Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport, the two-day outdoor event will feature a static display area, and around 30 exhibitors plus 25 aircraft. Designed to bring together current and prospective business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers and customers, MEBAA Show Morocco is set to be opened by Abdelaziz Rabbah, Moroccan Minister of Equipment & Transport. Al Naqbi believes the new event will help reinforce the importance of business aviation to local officials and prospective owners and operators, while also addressing transport issues faced by the region. “MEBAA Show Morocco recognises the burgeoning aviation industry in the country and recent investments by aircraft manufacturers, particularly those in business aviation,” he says. For a decade, Western aircraft manufacturers have been taking advantage of Casablanca-Nouaceur Aeronautics Free Zone, the industrial zone close to Casablanca Airport, which offers desirable investment terms, close proximity to European and Middle Eastern markets, and access to a growing pool of skilled labour. Leading global business aerospace player Bombardier is investing US$200 million in a Casablanca facility which will create 850 jobs by 2020. Boeing, Safran and United Technologies all have factories in Morocco, and the sector now employs more than 10,000 locals, thanks in part to the vocational training offered at the Moroccan Aerospace Institute, established in 2012, in a partnership between government and Moroccan industry group, Gimas. Organised by F&E Aerospace on behalf of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), the new event will also host the MEBAA Conference, a vital forum for raising industry issues, standards and driving the sector forward. “MEBA has rapidly become one of the world's biggest business aviation events; this move into North Africa for the event is both logical and exciting, given the promising investment environment and favourable economic conditions Morocco offers to the sector,” said Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director, F&E Aerospace. [ends] For F&E Aerospace, contact: Kate Taylor, PR Manager – T: +971 4603 3300 E: firstname.lastname@example.org About MEBAA The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (“MEBAA”) is the official representative of the business aviation industry in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region and is a member of the International Business Aviation Council (“IBAC”). MEBAA is a non-profit association established in 2006 with the mission to provide a platform for members of the business aviation industry in the MENA region to gather, understand and communicate the needs and benefits of the industry. As part of its current growth strategy, MEBAA seeks to implement operational safety and efficiency by providing best in-practice training, lectures and conferences, establishing codes of conduct, and providing industry data. Today, MEBAA represents over 225 companies within the MENA region and provides a number of products and services to its members, including the MAIS (MEBAA Aviation Insurance Scheme) insurance scheme for operators. In addition to various networking events, MEBAA hosts the MEBA Show, which ranks as the third largest business aviation show in the world. For more information, please visit MEBAA’s website on www.mebaa.com. About the MEBAA Show Morocco MEBAA Show Morocco is organised by F&E Aerospace on behalf of MEBAA and will be held at Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca in September 2015. The inaugural edition will be MEBAA’s first business aviation event in North Africa and a must attend event for anyone involved in chartering, leasing, selling, purchasing, operating and servicing business and VIP jets. In addition to the exhibition, the event features a static display of the latest business aircraft.