MEBA opens with big announcements

Opening of business jet facility at DWC amongst the big stories.
Sheikh Ahmed officially opened MEBA yesterday.
Sheikh Ahmed officially opened MEBA yesterday.


The Middle East Business Aviation show (MEBA) opened on Tuesday at Dubai Airport Expo some with big announcements.

Al Futtaim Services Company signed an agreement to establish an executive company at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central.

The company is expected to launch operations in the third quarter of 2011, from a facility covering more than 6000 square metres.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, who opened the event, said: “This new partnership represents another milestone in Dubai’s ongoing development as a global aviation hub.”

Al Bateen Executive Airport, based in Abu Dhabi, unveiled a masterplan for the development of the airport, and announced a significant cut in landing and handling fees.

Brazil-based Embraer announced that Saudi Aramco will operate its Embraer 170 jet. A first aircraft was delivered at the end of November with more set to follow.

Alison Weller, managing Director of F&E Aerospace, the show organiser, said: “MEBA has opened with exciting new developments announced of new business aviation facilities, both by Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which shows the level of interest and support of the industry in the country.

“I am confident that over the next two days, business aviation companies will reciprocate with more exciting plans for the region.”

MEBA features a total of 338 exhibitors from 33 countries, including business aircraft manufacturers, service providers and suppliers.

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