Private jet industry to showcase in Dubai in December
Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) is a three day expo, from Dec 8-10, at Dubai World Central.
Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) is a three day expo, from 8-10 December 2014, which will be attended by those involved in the private and business aviation sector (www.meba.aero). Organised by F&E Aerospace on behalf of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), this year's event will have a strong focus on anticipated sector growth, as business aviation analysts suggest the region's private business jet market is on course for a 13 to 15 percent growth in 2014. Attendees can expect to meet officials from the biggest names in the industry – Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, alongside local heavyweights such as Etihad Aiways, Emirates Executive, Qatar Executive and Saudia Private Aviation. The event once again takes place at Dubai World Central, located in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai. The location at DWC features a new purpose-built site for the Dubai Airshow and MEBA. The exhibition will cover an 75,000 square metre area. In 2014, over 400 exhibitors set to participate, with 50 aircraft expected to be on display to an estimated 8,000 visitors expected to attend. Ali Al Naqbi, founding chairman of MEBAA, said: “MEBAA is looking forward to welcoming some of the world's most influential aviation players, in this purpose-built environment which underlines the importance of the business aviation sector to the regional economy.” Michele van Akelijen, managing director of F&E Aerospace, confirmed the range of exhibitors expected at the show: “This year, more than 70 percent of our exhibitors are from outside the Middle East, representing 45 countries, from as far afield as the USA, Europe and Asia.” UAE companies set to apepar include Alpha Star, Avjet, Execujet ME, Jetex and World Fuel Services. Other international companies who will be attending include Saudia Private Aviation, Tag Aeronautics from Canada, Lufthansa Technik from Germany, Boutsen Aviation from Monaco, Cedar Jet Center - MEAG from Lebanon, Boeing from the US and Dassault from France. The show will include three specific feature areas: The first is Futures Day@MEBA, which will cater to the aviation professionals of the future. 500 students are expected to attend to hear presentations from representatives of the business aviation industry, including a pilot, an aircraft engineer and an FBO operator. A second area, Helicopters@MEBA, with have its own static display, including Bell Helicopters. The third and final featured area will be Luxury@MEBA, which allows specially selected luxury lifestyle brands from jewellery to automobiles the opportunity to reach a selective audience: those who own, use, or work in the private business jet industry.