ON TRACK FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SHOW08 Dec 2014
Ahmed Al Nemah, Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication’s Acting Under Secretary for Civil Aviation Affairs was in attendance at MEBA today to host a number of key meetings with potential participants for the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2016, which will take place at the Sakhir Airbase in Bahrain from 21-23 January 2016.
Alongside the planned meetings, representatives from the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication and Farnborough International Ltd are attending MEBA on stand 358 to promote the fourth edition of the show. Building on the success of the previous event, BIAS organisers have developed new features for the show with the objective to create even more networking opportunities for the participants and visitors.
Introduced at BIAS in 2014, the exhibition feature hall in 2016 will focus on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and airport infrastructure. With the continuing expansion of the UAV market, BIAS organisers expect to see strong demand for space from businesses that are looking to exploit both the commercial and defence applications of the sector in Bahrain’s capacity as a gateway to GCC states and beyond. BIAS’s unique location at the Sakhir Airbase means that it can accommodate UAV flying as part of the display. An indoor flying net has also been incorporated to demonstrate small UAV capabilities.
Other show developments include a conference and seminar programme and a strengthened civil delegations programme.
Speaking about the forthcoming show, Acting Under Secretary for Civil Aviation Affairs at the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications Ahmed Al Nemah said, “Bahrain is an excellent location as a hub for business in the region and the Bahrain International Airshow is a proven facilitator for the international aerospace industry to explore and exploit opportunities in the Gulf.”
Amanda Stainer, Commercial Director for FIL, added, “We have already experienced strong interest in the show with commitments already from BAE Systems, Boeing, DHL, Qatar Airways and Gulfstream, amongst others, the indications are strong that BIAS 2016 will be another record show. We’ve worked hard to create a show that we know is relevant for all participants and visitors and as we move closer to the show will make more announcements as our development plans come to fruition.”