KING'S SUPPORT TO BIAS HAILED29 Mar 2017
President of the Supreme Organising Committee of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS), Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has lauded the success of BIAS in attracting mega civil and military aviation industry companies during the previous four editions.
He also highlighted the wide coverage of the event by regional and international media outlets, news agencies and social media networks, which, he said, promoted the kingdom as a host for the most prestigious aviation industry shows in which mega companies are eager to take part.
Shaikh Abdulla credited His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa with the outstanding success of BIAS, noting that the idea of the event was the brainchild of HM the King, who, thanks to his forward-looking vision, wanted to place the kingdom on the map of world capitals that host such a world-class event such as Paris, London, Moscow, Berlin, Singapore, Dubai and Sydney.
He added that BIAS crowns the kingdom’s long history as meeting point thanks to its strategic location which, he said, has contributed to making it a link between the East and the West and an important venue for the progress of the aviation industry since the 19th century.
Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad also lauded the great cooperation of the government, led by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, through removing all obstacles, which, he explained contributed to the success of BIAS, spurred the trade movement and consolidated Bahrain’s good reputation at the international level.
He also paid tribute to His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, whose support has stimulated the adoption of value-added ideas that would contribute to consolidating Bahrain’s leading status, promote it as an investment-friendly destination and revitalise the national economy through attracting mega events that generate new job opportunities for Bahrainis , give the new generation opportunities to refine their skills and improve their experience by interacting with world companies participating in the show.
Shaikh Abdulla added that the change of the date of the fifth edition from January, 2018 to November, 2018, has significantly encouraged more companies to join BIAS 2018, set to be held on November 14-16, 2018 at the Al-Sakhir Air Base.
He commended the efforts exerted by the Civil Aviation Affairs at the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, in cooperation with the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF) and the British Farnborough International, to ensure the success of the event.
He also thanked all committees for their dedication in preparing the strategic plans and programmes to ensure the success of the next edition.
Transportation and Telecommunications Affairs Minister and Deputy President of BIAS Supreme Organising Committee, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said that following directives from Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Transportation Ministry has participated in many international exhibitions and events to promote BIAS and attract the maximum number of aviation industry companies to it.
According to the minister, the Ministry has succeeded in selling about 80 percent of the space allocated to chalets for mega world companies, such as the European Airbus Company, US Boeing Company, US Gulf Stream Company, British BAE System, Lockheed Martin, the French Thales Group, the Italian Leonardo Group, in addition to a number of mega Russian, Turkish and Indian companies, and others from the Middle East and North Africa.
He added that the remaining 20 percent space has been booked by other companies, and will be sold after the participation in the International Paris Air Show 2017 Le Bourget, to be held in Paris in June.
The minister added that the air display space had been to expanded to 9,000 square metres, in line with the desire of small and medium-sized international companies to increase their activities.