The first Middle East Business Aviation Conference will be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai Air Show (November 20 to 24). Dubai show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions is running the event, which will be hosted by Abu Dhabi-based charter operator Royal Jet. Jack Olcott, president of General Aero and former president of NBAA, will serve as conference chairman.
The event, which is expected to attract around 300 delegates, will address the various ways to use business aircraft as well as the benefits of chartering, fractional ownership and leasing and purchasing of aircraft. For the most part, conference attendance will be by invitation only, but there are a limited number of reservations available for $750 each.
The six Arab nations that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) currently own 250 private business jets. That number is expected to reach 300 by the end of next year, according to GCC sources.
AIN and its sister magazine Business Jet Traveler are the official publications of this event. More information is available at www.fairs-exhibs.com/airshow05.