MEBA conference joins university students with leading industry players; call for urgent action to fill 1 million jobs in next ten years

[Dubai World Central, December 10, 2014] Hundreds of students descended on MEBA - the Middle East Business Aviation event today, to learn more about the vast array of career opportunities in this rapidly growing sector.

As well as touring the site, around 500 undergraduates from five local universities and further education establishments - Emirates Aviation College, Wollongong University, American University in Sharjah, Canadian University, and the Higher Colleges of Technology, gathered in a conference, where they heard from Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association, plus manufacturers Airbus and Embraer, and fixed base operator, XJET.

Ali Al Naqbi launched the 'Futures Day' event with a speech designed to further encourage the students to consider a career in business aviation.

“It is very important to us to allow students to hear from professional companies in our industry and be encouraged to join our industry, while learning about it from the inside. Our industry is very important for every economy in the world, we can't live without it. You can do business in three different countries in one day – that's the big difference between commercial and business aviation. You can travel to places rapidly, to do business,” said the Chairman.

“We are seeing huge growth in the industry, and a great deal of manpower is required across all aspects of the business – we have a shortage of people in the industry. Your involvement in the industry is vital for the future,” he said.

XJET's CEO, Josh Stewart, an experienced pilot turned entrepreneur, had a clear message for the students: “I am jealous of your youth and intelligence. There has never been a better time to join the business aviation industry. It offers some of the best career opportunities in the world – and there is a need for one million personnel in the next ten years – half a million engineers and half a million pilots, to keep up with the demand.”

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