December 12, 2012 - 9:00am
United Aviation Service provides round-the-clock international trip planning and support, as well as charter solutions from its base in Dubai. Services also include handling clearances, nav fees and ground handling.

Dubai-based trip-support provider United Aviation Services (Stand 330) said here at MEBA that the troubles since early last year in North Africa (and Syria) had led to an increase in people choosing to visit such as Dubai and other places in the region rather than the trouble spots. Abdul Charafeddin, the company’s marketing director, told AIN that “the Arab Spring [has generated] a lot of movement of general aviation flights.

December 12, 2012 - 5:30am
Bombardier can support its family of aircraft, including this Global Express, supplying parts from its new depot in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone to operators in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Bombardier has achieved a big boost in the availability of spare parts to business aircraft operators in the Middle East with the recent opening of a new depot here in Dubai. The new facility, operated through a joint venture with parts logistics specialist Transworld Aviation, is located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and so is far closer to the new Al Maktoum International Airport than the Canadian airframer’s former parts depot at Dubai International Airport.

December 12, 2012 - 4:30am
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group (center), today officially opened the fourth MEBA. To his left is Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of MEBAA; and behind him on his right is Khalifa Al Zaffin, Chairman of Dubai World Central.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, accompanied by dignitaries and government officials, inaugurated the first-ever airshow to take place at Dubai World Central by touring the new airport’s facilities yesterday.

December 10, 2012 - 10:00pm
MEBA 2012

You can count on the AIN team to bring you full and exclusive coverage of news from the 2012 MEBA show. We’re working around the clock at the new MEBA show site in Dubai so keep coming back for fresh reports.

December 10, 2012 - 12:30pm
Like a mirage in the  desert, the MEBA aircraft park shimmers under a December sun. Some 7,000 visitors from around the world journeyed to Dubai  to rub shoulders with like-minded aviation travelers.

The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show’s first appearance at the Dubai World Central aerotropolis Al Maktoum International Airport is expected to see a record number of attendees, “with over 7,000 trade visitors expected,” show organizer F&E Aerospace told AIN yesterday.

December 10, 2012 - 10:45am
Gama Group handles all business aircraft at Sharjah International Airport under a five-year contract signed this year with the Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation.

Gama Group, the fast-growing business aviation services group, is quickly settling into its new base at Sharjah International Airport. The Farnborough, UK-based company is finding that customers now recognize the limitations of Dubai International Airport, which has become increasingly busy with airline traffic, making it hard for business aircraft operators to get convenient slots–especially at short notice. Meanwhile, Gama’s move into Saudi Arabia with new FBOs planned in Jeddah and Riyadh are coming together fast.

December 10, 2012 - 10:45am
MEBA static display

The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) exhibition’s first appearance at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport location is expected to see a record number of attendees. According to organizer F&E Aerospace, more than 7,000 trade visitors are expected at MEBA 2012, which opens tomorrow and ends Thursday. At press time, the number of pre-registered visitors had already exceeded 6,000, which is 35 percent higher than the pre-registration tally two years ago, when MEBA was last held.

December 10, 2012 - 10:30am

Dassault Falcon sees demand for business jets recovering throughout the Middle East, thanks to large operators in the region and the increased globalization of commerce. The company expects to deliver six Falcons to Middle East customers over the next 18 months, expanding the Falcon fleet in the Middle East by 10 percent. More than 60 Falcon business jets already operate in the region.

December 10, 2012 - 10:25am

The scheduled-airline vacuum at Dubai World Central’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) has created an opportunity for business aviation operators hard pressed to obtain adequate slots at Dubai International Airport (DXB), according to Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of government-owned Dubai Aviation City Corp., whose main responsibility is construction at Dubai Aviation City.

December 10, 2012 - 10:15am

ExecuJet Middle East has been able to expand its FBO at Dubai International Airport significantly, having taken over the management of the terminal building and ground-handling operation previously run by Executive Flight Services. This gives its customers access to additional space with eight separate lounges, enlarged customs and immigration services (including electronic processing) and duty-free shopping.

The building also features a separate prayer room, a spacious arrivals area for meeting and greeting passengers, as well as a limousine drop-off area and parking.