DWC to host business aviation event
Dubai, December 5, 2012
Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, said the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show to be held from December 11 to 13 will be the first industry event to hosted at its Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA).
Meba is dedicated towards connecting buyers and sellers within the business aviation segment and is expected to draw more than 385 exhibitors from 37 countries and 7,000 visitors across the three days.
Announcing the event details, Khalifa Al Zaffin, the executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) said, “The aviation sector is an important contributor to Dubai’s economy. The business aviation and general aviation segment is an area we see tremendous opportunities for growth and this is one of the reasons we are extremely proud to support MEBA and Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA)."
Reflecting the importance of the business aviation and general aviation sector to the long term strategy of the Dubai Government, the business aviation operations will commence from DWC in 2013 – initially utilizing the VIP terminal at AMIA, then from purpose-built facilities at DWC’s Aviation District, he stated.
"Furthermore, we are pleased to be hosting the 5th edition at DWC. It is the perfect alignment of the Government of Dubai’s vision to develop DWC to meet the on-ground capacity and business needs of the wider aviation industry and MEBAA’s goals to help support the growth of the general aviation segment within the region," said Al Zaffin.
"The event also provides us a valuable opportunity to showcase DWC’s world-class infrastructure and facilities that are on the ground and ready for business. DWC’s Aviation District is the perfect platform for business aviation and demonstrates the Dubai Government’s long term commitment to the industry," he stated.
"DWC merges both soft and hard infrastructure with the necessary conditions to help the industry grow and flourish, as well as create new opportunities for all players," he added.
MEBA is organized by F&E Aerospace on behalf of MEBAA and after just four editions MEBA is firmly established as a world class event in the business aviation calendar. The event is widely recognised as a must attend platform which offers unrivalled access to the Middle East market in a highly focused environment.
Ali Al Naqbi, the founding chairman of MEBAA, said: “Hosting MEBA at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central (DWC) – a landmark venue, is testament to the size and importance of business aviation in the UAE and wider region. In the future, this airport will grow into an important gateway for business aviation and it has been a privilege to involve ourselves with its development so early in the process."
Rashed Bu Qara’a, the chief operating officer, DACC said aviation is a key industry with huge economic potential for the UAE and the rest of the Middle East because of its positive flow-on effect on other industries.
"We are pleased to host the MEBA 2012 event as it gathers all key players in the region’s business aviation industry, giving us an opportunity to acknowledge their role in the growing status of Dubai World Central as the future home of general aviation in the Middle East," he noted.
"In collaboration with all government stakeholders, Dubai Airports Company, Dubai Police, Dubai Customs and Dubai Immigration, I am proud to announce the commencement of business aviation operations from DWC starting early 2013. This is part of the long-term migration strategy of shifting general aviation from Dubai International Airport to AMIA," he added.-TradeArabia News Service