MEBA Eyes Future Industry Stars

Posted in on November 15, 2014

Middle East Business Aviation show invites students to attend 'Futures Day' to explore aviation industry careers

MEBA 2014 – the Middle East Business Aviation show - is encouraging young people to consider an exciting career in the region's business aviation industry with a day of seminars, talks and interactive sessions, 'Futures Day'.

Nearly 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 - have been invited to attend Futures Day, which will see a range of compelling topics covered hosted by companies such as Airbus, Dassault and XJet; discussing career opportunities and other background to those looking to start working in the sector.

Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), says: “There's never been a more exciting time to join this industry, when it is rapidly growing across the region; when more and more leading players are setting up operations here; and when there is a great need for talented graduates to get into the aviation sector, which requires thousands of new recruits across all disciplines simply to maintain current growth rates.”

Ali Al Naqbi says: “As MEBA is now the largest gathering of business and private aviation companies in the whole region, we want to encourage exhibitors to engage with their future talent. It's a chance for upcoming industry leaders to interact closely with potential future employees. The demand that the industry is facing in the near future will force us as an association to work closely with the governments and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to provide scholarships for the young students. The future day is one of the first steps that the association is taking to introduce young students to the business aviation industry.”

“Exhibitors can invite the student contingent to visit their stands and aircraft; and we hope those taking part will provide helpful information to those students who will become the business aviation professionals of the near future.”

MEBAA, as the organisation representing the regional business aviation sector, is keen to encourage further education establishments to extend their current curricula to cover more facets of the industry, such as flight planning, aircraft handling, and technical services.