MEBAA Show 2016 exhibit in Dubai

This December, Dubai hosts one of the biggest events in the aviation industry calendar. The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show is the region’s leading business aviation exhibition, and a must-attend event for companies across the entire industry.

Now in its seventh edition, the MEBAA show will be held from December 6 – 8 at the Dubai South Airshow Site. This biennial event is designed to generate dialogue on matters concerning the General Aviation (GA) industry, both within the Middle East and beyond.

The exhibition welcomes visitors from all industry sectors, including private and charter operators, suppliers, government leaders, banking, insurance, aviation sales, international media and more. MEBAA offers exhibitors an opportunity to promote brand awareness, and to showcase the latest innovations in products and services to key industry decision makers. It also provides participants with a focused environment in which to build relationships with existing and prospective clients.

Since its establishment in 2006, MEBAA has become the largest and most influential business aviation event in the Middle East. The local market has witnessed significant growth over the past decade, with the number of active business aircraft in the region increasing by 68 percent. Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport has also experienced a 265 percent increase in GA traffic since its opening.

The last MEBAA show in 2014 was a huge success, attracting 8,314 attendees from 80 different countries. The event featured 422 exhibitors from 48 countries, and 44 aircraft were on show in the static display. Over 330 regional and international media companies were present, generating extensive interest around the world.

For further information on this year’s event, please visit the MEBAA website:

Flying to the MEBAA Show

Landing Permits

Private and Charter flights to the UAE both require landing permits. The average lead time to arrange a permit is 72 hours. Obtaining a permit under short notice, or revision of an existing permit, is possible at the CAA’s discretion.

Below are the standard requirements for a UAE landing permit:

  • Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)
  • Operator specifications
  • Registration certificate
  • Airworthiness certificate
  • Airworthiness review
  • Insurance certificate
  • Call Sign ICAO certificate
  • Aircraft MTOW
  • Installation certificate on the TCAS II Version 7
  • Maintenance release certificate
  • Radio station license
  • Noise certificate
  • RVSM approval

Additional documents may be required upon official request.

Primary Airport

There are two major international airports available for GA operations to Dubai. These are Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB), and Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMDW). Due to OMDB being highly congested with commercial traffic, MEBAA has been strategically organized to take place at the DWC airshow site. This makes Al Maktoum International Airport the primary airport option for operators attending MEBAA.

OMDW is situated approximately 40km southeast of Dubai. The airport is currently undergoing massive expansion. Development is expected to be completed by 2020, when the airport will have the capacity to handle more than 160 million passengers per annum. At the moment, OMDW is capable of handling up to 400,000 passengers per year.

Dubai International Airport has been ranked as the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic, and has only two runways. OMDB is primarily dedicated to scheduled commercial flights, and is the home base for Emirates Airlines and Flydubai. OMDB airport is located about 5km east of Dubai, and 65km away from OMDW.

Both OMDB and OMDW offer 24-hours Airport of Entry (AOE), and are fully equipped to support GA flights. Both airports require airport slots and aircraft parking to be booked in advance. Long-term parking availability will depend on the aircraft type. Helicopter transfers are only available from OMDW. It is also important to note that OMDW airport runways are closed every Monday from 20:00 until 20:45 UTC. During this time, the airport will be closed for all arrivals and departures.

Traveling to the MEBAA Show with Jetex

Jetex Flight Support has been appointed as the official FBO and handler for this year’s MEBBA show, a prestigious title and one which reflects the high standard of service enjoyed by the company’s clientele. Jetex has worked in partnership with MEBAA extensively over the past two years. Together, they have successfully curated some of the most significant business aviation shows within the MENA region, including the MEBAA Show 2014 and the Dubai Airshow 2015. Jetex will be coordinating the aircraft display areas at the show, and providing expert ground handling services.

Headquartered in Dubai, our dedicated operations team is on standby 24/7 to process any request during the MEBAA event. Our concierge team is now offering outstanding early-bird promotional rates to top five-star hotels, exclusive to only Jetex.
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