Nothing Succeeds Like Success: Middle East Bizav Show Will Expand In 2008

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Dubai's Middle East Business Aviation trade show, a two-day event convening for the first time late last month, will expand to three days next year, its sponsors said this week. The decision by the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) comes as the event totaled some $907 million in on-site aircraft sales. Deal struck or sealed at the show included $75 million worth of Cessna Citations, $580 million worth of Airbus aircraft, a deal for 20 Raytheon Hawker 750 jets worth $250 million and $52 million of Learjet 60XRs from Bombardier. Buyers were from countries throughout the Middle East.

The MEBAA, which sponsored the show, said some 2,401 attendees registered for the event, including top government and business officials from throughout the Persian Gulf region, as well as ruling family members. In addition to new-aircraft sales pitches, attendees generally agreed states throughout the region needed to work more closely to eliminate current restrictions on private aviation. The 2007 event featured 90 exhibitors from 20 countries; in 2008, the Middle East Business Aviation show will become biennial, alternating with the Dubai Airshow. The 2008 planned dates are Nov. 23 to 25.