Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Private Aviation & Premium Travel
MEBAA Show Morocco gathers pace

The MEBAA Show Morocco will offer an increased scope to exhibitors in terms of space and tent options when it moves to its new location at Marrakech Menara Airport in September. 

Recently, the first meeting of the event’s key stakeholders took place in Morocco, with Ali Al Naqbi, Founding & Executive Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), representatives of both show organisers F&E Aerospace and the Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA) discussing the plans and opportunities for this year’s event.

“The kick-off stakeholder meeting for the MEBAA Show Morocco went wonderfully well,” Al Naqbi said. “We are pleased with the progress made and the possibilities for the MEBAA Show Morocco. The new site at Marrakech Menara Airport offers plenty of space that will allow exhibitors to maximise their exposure and make the most of the networking opportunities available.”

Many exhibitors have already committed to this year’s event, with companies such as Jetex, Seaprime and XJet joining sponsors Gulfstream on the site. 

Foreign direct investment in Morocco came to $4 billion in 2015, and aerospace in Morocco in particular has been growing by more than 10% per year. Recently, GDC Technics announced that it had selected Marrakech as an African base for its MRO and modification services.

“We are pleased to welcome the MEBAA Show Morocco, the only business aviation show in North Africa, to Marrakech in September,” said Zouhair Mohamed El Aoufir, CEO of Moroccan Airports Authority. “With the growth and opportunities for business aviation in Morocco, we expect to see an increase in interest from across the region and beyond, and are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to aerospace companies to be part of it.”

The MEBAA Show Morocco will take place September 12-13 with the support of the ONDA and is expecting 65 exhibitors and over 2,500 trade visitors across the two days. The MEBAA Conference will take place the day before the show, on September 11. 

The MEBAA is the official representative of the business aviation industry in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region and is a member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). MEBAA is a non-profit association established in 2006 with the mission to provide a platform for members of the business aviation industry in the region to gather, understand and communicate the needs and benefits of the industry.

As part of its current growth strategy, MEBAA seeks to implement operational safety and efficiency by providing best in-practice training, lectures and conferences, establishing codes of conduct, and providing industry data. Today, MEBAA represents over 253 companies within the Mena and provides a number of products and services to its members, including MEBAA Insurance, one stop shop. In addition to various networking events, MEBAA hosts the MEBAA Show in Dubai, which ranks as the third largest business aviation show in the world and MEBAA Show Morocco.

The MEBAA Show Morocco is organised by F&E Aerospace on behalf of MEBAA.

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