The Middle East Business Aviation exhibition started Tuesday in Dubai and those who flew in were among the first to use new general aviation facilities at the world's largest airport. Dubai World Central, which covers 54 square miles outside of Jebel Ali, opened its VIP terminal just in time to receive the 45 static-display aircraft at the region's biggest business aviation show. "This superb facility was opened to receive MEBA traffic and will now increasingly service the VIP aviation market, giving easy access particularly to the new Dubai area," said Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports.
Growth has slowed or stalled at many business aviation shows but MEBA is reporting a healthy 14-percent increase in vendor participation. In addition to the record number of static airplanes, the show floor has 385 exhibitors from 45 countries taking part. About 7,000 people are expected to attend. The show wraps Thursday.