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MEBAA Show final day sees more visitors, business and ambitious growth plans for MEBAA

As the doors closed on the biggest and most successful edition of MEBAA Show to date, exhibitors are celebrating a week packed with new business deals and strong leads.

At the closing of the three day show, the number of visitors had reached 8,314 and the show hosted 422 exhibitors plus featured 44 aircraft on static display.

MEBAA – the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association – is celebrating a week of enormous success for the region’s business aviation sector – with MEBAA’s founding chairman, Ali Al Naqbi, saying: “It has been an incredible show. We have seen so many people exhibiting and attending from all over the world this year. Exhibitors are delighted with the quality of visitors, all of whom come to do business. Highlights from MEBAA’s perspective include the amount of time H.H. Sheikh Ahmed spent touring the show and speaking with our exhibitors, the ‘Business Aviation Around the World panel session, and the enthusiasm shown by exhibitors to talk to the students who attended Futures day, on the final day of the show.

“As MEBAA Show goes from strength to strength, we are following a careful, measured growth plan, launching the first business aviation show in Morocco next year (MEBAA Show Morocco), and re-naming the next show to avoid confusion, MEBAA Show 2016,” he says.

And it’s not all corporate business. MEBAA donated US$25,000 to Fly & Feed, the recent initiative between World Food Programme and MEBAA, kicking off an annual pledge from MEBAA members to support the vital humanitarian work of the charity.

MEBAA’s ‘Fly & Feed’ initiative enables MEBAA operator members to donate US$20 to the United Nations’ World Food Programme for every flight. Al Naqbi says: “It gives me great pleasure to donate $25,000 on behalf of the organisation to the WFP, fulfilling its obligation as a partner. With more than 230 members, MEBAA member’s potential contribution to the world hunger fighting charity could make a real difference.”