Global Business Aviation Centres On The Middle East

Posted in on August 23, 2014

MEBA 2014 to showcase global businesses

MEBA 2014 – the Middle East Business Aviation event, is set to represent the centre of the industry when exhibitors from all corners of the globe converge on Dubai in December. With a few months remaining until the event, the current confirmed exhibitors demonstrate the global reach of the show as examples include Gulfstream from the USA, TAG Farnborough from the UK, JP Jets from Jordan and Taeco from China.

The biennial event will build on the enormous success of its 2012 run when it returns from the 8-10 December this year at the purpose-built Dubai World Central aerotropolis for the first time. The growth in global attention is backed by the development of Dubai World Central, already dubbed the world's largest airport zone on completion.

Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of MEBAA - Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association says: “It's no surprise with the Middle East now being declared the global aviation hub, that some of the world's most powerful, exciting and interesting companies are choosing to exhibit at our event. This year, MEBA is a must-attend event.

“With the number of business and private aircraft registered in the region expected to more than double by 2020, clearly the world wants to come to Dubai for a slice of this billion dollar market. This is demonstrated by the fact that currently, over 70 per cent of the exhibitors confirmed for MEBA come from outside the Middle East.”

Organised by F&E on behalf of MEBAA - Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association, this year's MEBA has a strong focus on this anticipated sector growth.

Business aviation analysts suggest the region's private business jet market is on course for a 13 to 15 per cent growth in 2014; bolstered by more aircraft orders and charter requests.

“We are welcoming more exhibitors from as far afield as the USA, Europe and Asia. In fact, the US is bringing a large contingent, with almost an equal number exhibitors already confirmed from the States as the Middle East and Europe. Plus we are seeing an increased percentage of exhibitors are coming from Asia than the 2012 edition,” said the MEBAA chairman.

Perhaps as importantly, almost 20% of the bookings from the USA and the UK are first-time exhibitors, illustrating the fact that an increasing number of business aviation companies are recognising the importance of the region.

“MEBA has clearly transcended its regional show status and with the new purpose-built venue, an expanding FBO infrastructure and footfall and demand forecasts growing, in 2014 the event will surely set the benchmark for industry events,” said Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director, F&E Aerospace.

MEBA is the first and only show dedicated to business aviation in the Middle East. It closed its three day 2012 run with attendance which soared 20 per cent on 2010 to 7,549 attendees from 84 countries; 37 nations more than the previous show. Reflecting the high level of senior interest, more than 50 rulers and members of royal families from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait & Qatar attended the 2012 event.

The 2014 edition looks set to grow even more, with in excess of 8,000 visitors expected to visit the 75,000 square metre dedicated space.