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MEBA 2008 expected to double in size

Following forecasts that the business aviation sector in the Middle East will reach US$800 million in the next five years, the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) exhibition is expected to double in 2008.

Following forecasts that the business aviation sector in the Middle East will reach US$800 million in the next five years, the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) exhibition is expected to double in 2008.

The three-day event, running from 23-25 November 2008, at Airport Expo Dubai, UAE, is currently generating global interest, according to Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E), which organises the event on behalf of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).

"Business aviation in the Middle East will be worth around US $800 million by 2012 - double its current level as corporates and individuals increasingly turn to ‘aviation-on-demand' for privacy, safety and corporate efficiency," said Ali Al Naqbi, chairman, MEBAA.

"This growth will spur commitment to MEBA and underline its potential to become one of the largest events of its type in the world," he adds.

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president, Department of Civil Aviation, MEBA is being supported by some of the business aviation industry's leading names following the success of last year's event.

"Global and regional players have responded extremely positively following MEBA 2007's impressive US$907 million declared on-site order book," explained Alison Weller, director, Aerospace, F&E.

"There have been heavy pre-commitments for sponsorship opportunities whilst we are working on new initiatives for the conference programme, including the addition of technical industry workshops following this year's delegate feedback," she added.

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