The MEBAA 2022 show drew to a close yesterday, with a series of key deals and announcements made over the three days.

The event welcomed attendees from 95 countries across the three days, with an increase in international attendees compared to the previous MEBAA show.

During day three the show also welcomed a number of students from Westford University College, College of Engineering at Abu Dhabi University, Higher Colleges of Technology, Amity University Dubai, GEMS Education and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with the aim to help inspire the next generation to join the industry.

Driving change

Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi, founding and executive chairman of MEBAA, said: “This has been a remarkable MEBAA show and it has been incredible to see industry leaders come together to drive real change for the future of business aviation.

“At MEBAA we also want to empower the future leaders, and it was fantastic to welcome students who have an interest in our sector and provide them with the platform to network with industry players and learn more about the vast opportunities available to them.”

“The business aviation industry has grown significantly in the last couple of years, not only in the Middle East region where mega events such as Dubai Expo 2020 and the Qatar World Cup have led to increased demand, but also in many key international markets.

“Throughout the three days, we have seen an industry transition with significant levels of innovation, technological advancement and digital transformations right across the show, along with many key deals and new announcements, all showing that this sector growth is set to continue well into the future.”

Innovation

Tim Hawes, managing director of Tarsus Group, said: “The ninth edition of the MEBAA Show has seen a lot of innovation and positive discussion, and we look forward to seeing the impact that the show has made in the coming months and years.

“A key highlight for this year was the launch of the BizAv Talks conference. It was brilliant to hear industry leaders and specialists from across the globe share their insights on some of the key themes shaping the industry, including sustainability, future aviation and emerging markets, and we were proud to see all audiences really engage with these discussions.”

The brand-new BizAv Talks conference featured sessions from over 45 industry leaders throughout the show, with day three focusing on the daily theme of ‘Accelerating private aviation with collaboration’.

Sessions highlighted the importance of collaboration within the business aviation ecosystem to help open up new opportunities, streamline services and tackle issues facing the sector.

Dynamic regional business aviation industry

Carlos Brana, executive vice president, civil aircraft at Dassault Aviation, said: “Dassault Aviation presented our popular Falcon 8X very long range trijet at this year’s MEBAA show and exhibition, where it drew a lot of interest from the many prospective buyers and operators who also visited our chalet.

“Middle East owners appreciate the qualities of the Falcons and we were able to discuss face to face with guests our two brand new Falcon 6X and 10X programs.

“Just as importantly, MEBAA Show was an opportunity to look ahead and present our expanding regional product support network, which will include the company’s ExecuJet MRO Services unit at Dubai World Central to serve business jet operators in the Gulf region, opening in early 2023.

“We are delighted to support such a dynamic regional business aviation industry, with MEBAA Show at its heart.”
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