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Middle East aviation meet to focus on North Africa

Middle East aviation meet to focus on North Africa

With North Africa increasingly being perceived as the gateway to Africa, challenges surrounding the business aviation industry in the African region are fast taking on an international dimension. So, in yet another global move to get the North African business aviation market air-borne, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), is looking at drawing upon members and stakeholders alike to deliberate upon issues plaguing the African region such as FBO challenges and the regulatory framework.

MEBAA will be hosting the third chapter of its landmark business aviation conference – the Middle East Business Aviation Conference (MEBAC) – in Marrakech, Morocco, on October 8 at the Four Seasons Resort. Held under the patronage of Abdullah Bouhouche, director general, Directorate General of civil aviation, Morocco, the event will commence with his keynote address. Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi, Chairman, MEBAA, will also address the delegates, touching upon MEBAA’s activities, both past and planned.

The conference will also feature Christoph Kohler, managing director of German aviation research firm, WINGX Advance, who will unveil exclusive research on the North African market. His in-depth research is expected to address critical data points such as the estimated value of charter revenues from flights; breakdown of flights by charter, private, government and humanitarian; and estimated size of the MRO market across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Also, with three open and interactive panel discussions – Business Aviation Operator Challenges, Business Aviation Regulations and FBOs & Business Aircraft Handling – the event promises to offer enough scope for participation and brain-storming to the attending delegates.

On the eve of announcing MEBAA’s latest business aviation conference, Naqbi hoped that with North Africa continuing to be the gateway into Africa and with so much untapped growth yet to be realised, conferences like the MEBAC would go some way into showcasing its potential and addressing the concerns of those on the ground and investors alike.

Incidentally, MEBAC will be taking place on the eve of the fifth GHAC – Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference & Exhibition, hosted by The World Food Programme (WFP). The event is scheduled to be held from October 9 to 11 at the same venue. MEBAA will be showcasing its on-going support for GHAC and WFP activities by officially being endorsed as a supporting partner.

Image:The first chapter of the MEBAA’s landmark business aviation conference, the MEBAC,

Source: TradeArabia News Service, Arabian Aerospace

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