RETURNING BIGGER AND BETTER: THE MEBAA SHOW IN 2016

This year’s edition expected to be at least 10% larger

The MEBAA Show, the region’s only dedicated business aviation event, is expected to be the largest yet when it returns to DWC, Airshow Site from 6-8 December this year. The show has already seen many firm commitments from big industry names as well as securing some new exhibitors.

With the 2014 edition closing its three day run with 8,314 attendees coming to network and interact with over 420 exhibitors, organisers are predicting around 10% growth in the size of the MEBAA Show for 2016. Industry heavyweights including Gulfstream and Embraer will be joined at the purpose-built site by new exhibitors for 2016 such as Nomad Aviation and Control Concepts; and the show promises to deliver even more value to exhibitors and visitors alike.

The three day show will also host the Business Aviation Around the World panel again, led by Kurt H. Edwards, Director General of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The panel brings together the heads of key industry bodies to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities facing business aviation globally.

Also returning to the MEBAA Show in 2016 will be Futures Day, a dedicated all-day programme to encourage local students to consider careers in business aviation. MEBAA, as the organisation representing the regional business aviation sector, is keen to encourage talented undergraduates to investigate the options available for entering the industry, in roles as diverse as flight planning, aircraft handling, technical services, and more.

According to Ali Alnaqbi, Founding Chairman of MEBAA, these events add tangible value to the show for both attendees and exhibitors. “The MEBAA Show has long been known as the place for the industry to do business in the region. With the return of the IBAC Business Aviation Around the World Panel, we are giving all attendees the opportunity to hear from the leaders of industry bodies and gain a wealth of knowledge during their time at the show.”

He continued, “We are also keen to support the future of business aviation in the region, by encouraging the business aviation professionals of the future and helping introduce them not only to the sector but also by giving them access to those who are already leading the way: our exhibitors.”

“A lot of the feedback that we get from exhibitors is that the MEBAA Show is the place to meet the right people in the industry, the decision makers and influencers from the key OEMS and suppliers,” Alnaqbi confirmed. “The business aviation industry, in the Middle East in particular, places a premium value on networking and face-to-face interactions, and the MEBAA Show has well deserved reputation for being the place to meet with the key players in the industry.”
 

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