Bahrain air show chalet space sold out
Manama, November 18, 2013
Chalet space at next year's Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) has already sold out several months before the event is due to start, a report said.
Military and civil delegations from more 40 countries, representing most of the key global markets, and over 20,000 trade visitors are expected to attend January's event, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Being staged at the Sakhir Air Base, organisers said it will also benefit from strong Turkish participation as part of growing international relations between both countries.
The show, taking place from January 16-18, is being organised by the Transport Ministry, Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs (BCAA) and Farnborough International.
Amongst the latest companies to join the elite list of industry participants are Thales, the Europe-based global technology leader for the defence, security, aerospace and transportation markets.
India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Tawazun Holding, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment holding company focused on defence and specialised manufacturing have also signed up.
Transport Minister Kamal Ahmed said the event aimed to build on Bahrain's position as a mature, business environment with open, transparent regulation allied to a low cost base and a highly skilled workforce that make it a strategically attractive place to access the $1.5 trillion Gulf market.
"Preparations for the 2014 show are proceeding according to plan and we are pleased to see that the distinctive business and networking environment developed for the show is proving its value," said Farnborough International commercial director Amanda Stainer.
"There are still options available to participate in the 2014 show including corporate hospitality packages and attending as a trade visitor.
"Additionally, there is also the option to exhibit in the new Airport, Security and Surveillance Pavilion."
BIAS 2014 will also offer the public a festival of fun, including a 4.5-hour flying display and a host of on-ground attractions and entertainment.
Highlights include a Heritage Village, children's rides and games, flight simulators, a new Space Zone and interactive education and fun for all ages.
Confirmed display teams include the Hawks from Saudi Arabia, the UAE's Al Furzan, the Russian Knights and the Breitling Wing Walkers. – TradeArabia News Service