This year marks the 7th Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show. The MEBAA 2016 show started on 6 December and continues through 8 December and is held biannually. The purpose of the show is to bring together aviation professionals from all over the world to network and learn about innovations in aviation. Over 400 companies from all over the world will attend the show. The MEBAA conference was held directly before the show, 5 December 2016.
The show is fully equipped for networking. Hospitality tables are offered for client meetings. An international buffet lunch and afternoon refreshments are provided to show attendees. A full shuttle service is provided to get attendees and exhibitors to the show.
This year’s show is being held at Dubai World Central (DWC). DWC contains the second airport to open in Dubai. At present, it is the biggest hub in the world. The central location rests on the connecting point between Asia, Africa, and Europe. In addition to Exhibition City, the complex also houses Aviation city. Aviation City has spaces for aviation training, MRO facilities, R&D, and more.
Each show features a full display of new or notable aircraft. This year, 34 aircraft are scheduled. Many of the aircraft will be presented by Bombardier Aerospace, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH.
Honda is also introducing the HondaJet at the show. The new jet has a maximum cruise speed of 486 miles per hour and has a range of 1,408 miles. The over-the-wing engine mount configuration was used for this aircraft. Currently, the HondaJet is available in Europe and the Americas.
Futures Day began in 2014 to provide students with opportunities to learn more about the aviation industry and possible careers. This year, Futures Day is 8 December. Select student groups are chosen to participate in the event. Students get to listen to industry leaders and visit the exhibit. The 2014 event brought in 400+ undergraduates from local universities.
The industry will need more people to continue growth. By encouraging interest and participation in aviation, students will consider aviation career paths. To support this, MEBAA is working with educational institutions to offer students: