The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) will hold its 3rd annual conference in Saudi Arabia on May 1 and 2. The event, to be held at Jeddah’s Hilton Hotel, will cover topics of local interest, including business aviation regulations, the gray charter market, airport access and aircraft registration.
Meanwhile, the main MEBAA Show in Dubai is expected to be 10% larger than previous editions of the biennial event when it returns to the Dubai World Central site from December 6 to 8. The 2014 show attracted 8,314 visitors and more than 420 exhibitors. This year’s show will again feature the “business aviation around the world” panel led by Kurt Edwards, director general of the International Business Aviation Council. Another feature is futures day, aimed at encouraging young people to pursue a career in the industry.
“A lot of feedback that we get from exhibitors is that the MEBAA show is the place to meet the right people in the industry, the decision makers and influencers from the key OEMs and suppliers,” said MEBAA founding Chairman Ali Alnaqbi.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a region encompassing approximately 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The MENA region accounts for approximately 6% of the world’s population, 60% of the world’s oil reserves and 45% of the world’s natural gas reserves. Due to the region’s substantial petroleum and natural gas reserves, MENA is an important source of global economic stability.
Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan are MENA countries.