Bahrain air show off to a flying start
Manama, January 17, 2014
High-flyers from the world of aviation and business converged in Bahrain on Thursday (January 16) for the third Bahrain International Airshow.
The show, organised by the Transportation Ministry and the Royal Bahraini Air Force in partnership with Farnborough International Limited, registered nearly 50 per cent increase in participating companies compared to last show with over 100 aerospace businesses taking part, representing 32 countries including the US, UAE, Turkey, Germany, France, Russia, Egypt, India and China.
Yesterday, the show saw significant announcements from Bahrain Airport Company, Aero Gulf, Gulf Air and Bombardier which confirmed the sale of 16 of its CS300 aircraft with an option for a further 10 to new airline Saudi Gulf.
His Majesty King Hamad deputised His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, to open the show, which features 108 companies from the civil aviation and air logistics industry.
The Crown Prince emphasised the role of the event in promoting the kingdom as a hub for conferences and exhibitions in the region.
He also described it as a versatile platform for business engagements and aviation enthusiasts and said the well-organised show would certainly give a boost to the tourism sector.
The Crown Prince was received by His Majesty's Personal Representative and Bahrain International Airshow supreme organising committee chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, members and other dignitaries.
He visited the display area that featured cutting-edge aircraft, military and defence vehicles, as well as aviation technology.
The Crown Prince also launched the Great British Week - a week-long series of events celebrating 200 years of longstanding ties between Bahrain and the UK.
The launch was attended by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who emphasised the UK's commitment to further enhancing ties with Bahrain in a number of areas.
In his opening address, the Crown Prince highlighted the large number of companies representing British innovation and technology at the air show, and praised the organisers for their efforts to make the Great British Week a success.
The Duke of York expressed his gratitude to His Royal Highness for launching Great British Week, and emphasised the longstanding ties between the two countries.
He reaffirmed the mutual commitment of both countries to continue expanding co-ordination and collaboration in different fields.
Following the official opening, the Crown Prince watched aircraft displays by Bahraini, Saudi and Emirati air forces, as well as those by civil and commercial aviation companies.
He congratulated His Majesty on the success of the show. He also praised the organising committee, headed by Shaikh Abdulla, and Transport Minister Kamal Ahmed on their success in hosting such a landmark event.-TradeArabia News Service