Dubai World Central Events To Take Flight

MEBA conference will shine the spotlight on new airport – ahead of business aviation operations starting mid-2013

Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport is gearing up to host its first industry event next week – the Middle East Business Aviation exhibition between December 11-13.

The fifth edition of the buying and networking event is set to host more than 385 exhibitors from 37 countries and 7,000 visitors across the three days.

An outdoor static display spanning 46,500 sqm will feature up to 45 business aircraft from leading manufacturers such as Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault and Embraer.

Business aviation will commence from Dubai World Central in mid 2013 – initially utilising the VIP terminal at AMIA, then from purpose-built facilities at DWC’s Aviation District.

Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), said the aviation sector is an important driver of the Dubai economy and business aviation is an area it anticipates seeing “tremendous opportunities for growth”.

“The event provides us a valuable opportunity to showcase DWC’s world-class infrastructure and facilities that are on the ground and ready for business,” he said.

The sentiments were echoed by Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of Middle East Business Aviation Association, who said hosting MEBA at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central (DWC) at a landmark venue, is testament to the size and importance of business aviation in the region.

“In the future, this airport will grow into an important gateway for business aviation,” he said.

MEBA is organised by F&E Aerospace on behalf of the MEBA Association.

The conference is also significant on a wider level as it is the first time Dubai World Central has been cast in the spotlight, in line with the long-term migration strategy of shifting general aviation from Dubai International Airport to Al Maktoum International Airport.