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Bahrain International Airshow

 
Few events highlight Bahrain’s unparalleled market access to the Gulf and wider Middle East better than biennial Bahrain International Airshow. The third show of its kind, this was the biggest yet.
 
Involving 130 companies and government, military and civil delegations from 32 countries, the event showcased 78 aircraft and over 80 tonnes of equipment. Around 25,000 senior trade visitors saw latest innovations from leading manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft, BAE Systems, Thales Group and India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation.
 
Visitors were treated to spectacular displays by the Royal Bahraini Air Force, the UAE’s Al Fursan, the Red Devils parachute team, and more. A restored Spitfire even put in an appearance, flown by ace pilot Francis Scott-Malden.
 
Nearly $3 billion of business
This was, of course, the backdrop to some serious commerce. There were three times more agreements than the previous event, worth nearly $3 billion. One was an order by Saudi Gulf Airlines for up to 36 CS300 jetliners from Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace.
 
With its strategic location and highly-developed infrastructure, the airshow further confirms Bahrain’s significance in channelling trade. HE Kamal bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive of the EDB, commented: “We are delighted that regional and international companies are choosing Bahrain to make their announcements and conduct their business. We hope to build on this for future airshows, as the event plays a key role in supporting our attributes as the Middle East’s hub for business.”