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November 17, 2013 - 6:10am

The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) will offer new guidance on Emergency Response Planning (ERP) aimed specifically at the Middle East, as well as an update on the Middle East Business Aviation Insurance Scheme (MAIS), at a series of seminars and workshops during the Dubai Airshow this week.

MEBAA will also host its General Assembly on Tuesday, November 19, with founding chairman Ali Al Naqbi updating the association’s 215 members on MEBAA’s activities during the year. He will also outline plans for 2014, including the MEBA 2014 event in December.

November 17, 2013 - 6:05am

Ali Al Naqbi, founding chairman of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), a key figure in the development of business aviation in the region, confirmed recently that the MEBA 2014 Show will take place at the new Dubai World Central Expo site, where the current Dubai Airshow is taking place.

November 17, 2013 - 6:00am
Bizav at Dubai Airshow

Although charter providers form an important part of the Middle East aviation market they have faced tough times in recent years, unlike the region’s royal flights. “Royalty always had money and always will have money,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis for Teal Group, of Fairfax, Virginia. “The entrepreneur class that was growing has obviously been hit by the downturn, though,” he added.

November 17, 2013 - 3:10am

U.S. ambassador to the UAE Michael Corbin will participate in a ceremonial ribbon cutting at noon today to officially open the U.S. International Pavilion at Stand 2358. Luminaries appearing with Corbin include U.S. ambassador to Qatar Susan Ziaheh; regional senior commercial officer for the Gulf and counselor for commercial affairs John Simmons; Robert Bannerman, U.S. consulate general for Dubai; and Tom Kallman, principal commercial officer and president and CEO of U.S. Pavilion organizer Kallman Worldwide. This year’s U.S. contingent includes 45 exhibitors representing 13 U.S.

November 16, 2013 - 2:10pm
UK Prime Minister David Cameron

UK Prime Minister David Cameron made an unexpected stop here at the Dubai Airshow on his way home from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka. Speaking to assembled UK aerospace industrialists, he encouraged them to compete in what he termed the “global race.” Cameron did not refer specifically to the possibility of selling Eurofighter Typhoons to the UAE, but did say that he was “incredibly proud to stand up and promote the aircraft around the world.” He later stated his hop that the UK could be entering into a partnership here in the UAE on more general aerospace matters.

November 15, 2013 - 4:30pm

With eight civil airports boasting IATA designations, it’s reasonable to ask why there are so many facilities in a country the size of the UAE. Partly, this is because five of the seven emirates Abu Dhabi (3), Dubai (2), Fujairah (1), Ras al-Khaimah (1) and Sarjah (1) have the demand. The other two­–Ajman, at 259 sq km the smallest, and Umm al-Quwain, the least populous­–do not.

November 15, 2013 - 11:59am
Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith

Ghaith Al Ghaith, the CEO of Flydubai, Dubai’s low-cost carrier, has a reputation for being tight-lipped. Observers would be unwise to mistake this reticence for a lack of activity: Flydubai has been diligent in adding aircraft and routes ever since its first flight to Beirut in 2009 and, as of September, Dubai’s second airline, operated to 66 destinations, from Yekaterinburg in the north to the Maldives in the south, Belgrade in the west and Colombo in the east.

November 15, 2013 - 9:30am
Emirates is predicted to continue to be the leading airline in the region in terms of brand name, overall size and experience. It currently is launching services to several additional locations in Europe, Asia and Africa.

The spectacular rise of Emirates and its Gulf rivals confounded the expectations of mature carriers in the U.S. and Europe. These fifth- and sixth-freedom carriers have limitless ambitions and enjoy the revenues won through hydrocarbon abundance to back them up. But personalities have also played a role and one thing is sure: the Ruler of Dubai has made himself a pivotal player on the world’s aviation stage.

November 15, 2013 - 12:45am
Student interns from the UAE visit Seattle during delivery of a Boeing 777 to Emirates Airline, as part of Boeing’s capstone college-level programs.

Business success anywhere in the world can often depend on a company’s willingness to serve local interests as much as on its ability to offer a good-quality product at a fair price. In the Middle East, perhaps more than elsewhere, a company’s product offerings best come with a readiness to help build a foundation for industrial and societal development. Boeing learned that lesson the hard way, as its past tendency to simply “parachute in” for sales resulted in some lackluster results over the years, particularly in the commercial realm.

November 14, 2013 - 12:37pm

Business aviation is set to make a strong showing next week at the Dubai Airshow, with the sector expected to account for about one-third of the 150 aircraft on static display and approximately 220 of the more than 1,000 exhibiting companies. In addition to the airframers, business aviation service providers such as Jet Aviation, ExecuJet Aviation, Royal Jet and Jetex are exhibiting at the event, which opens on Sunday.

 
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