Bahrain’s Southern Governorate’s Police Director-General chaired a meeting to discuss security plans and arrangements in collaboration with the competent authorities to ensure the success of the Bahrain International Airshow 2018. scrutinize
Representatives from the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF), National Guard and General Directorate of Traffic attended the meeting, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
The Southern Police Director-General pointed out the significance of the BIAS in promoting Bahrain’s role in hosting and organizing major international forums and events, stressing the need for concerted efforts to secure the success of the airshow to highlight Bahrain’s civilized image.
Development of the security plans implemented in previous years were also discussed, in addition to reviewing intensive security preparations and efforts to guarantee the safety of the participants and the public.
Traffic plans for ensuring management and streamlining traffic leading to the airshow venue were also discussed.
The fifth biennial Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) takes off on 14 November for three days and looks set to be the biggest and most successful yet.
Held under the patronage of HM the King of Bahrain under the close supervision of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the BIAS Supreme Organizing Committee, BIAS occupies a strategic position on the global aerospace calendar, bringing some of the world’s leading and most influential organizations to the Sakhir Airbase.
Although one of the Middle East’s youngest shows, in just eight years BIAS has seen major expansion making it the fastest-growing show in the region:
- Exhibitor numbers for 2018 are up by 70% compared with the previous show
- The Exhibition Hall has doubled in size
- There are four new country pavilions including the US and Russia
- Regional heavyweights all set to participate, with largest ever Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates’ presence
- 11 out of the world’s top 15 aerospace companies are exhibiting
- More than 100 aircraft flying and on static display
Fuelling this is Bahrain’s growing status as a transportation hub along with BIAS’s commitment to creating innovative show features and a world-class commercial environment.
His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication said: “BIAS 2018 will bring international business and senior government figures from across the region together in one location. It will be our most engaging and diverse yet with a packed schedule of events including a three-day delegation program, a focused conference program and an insightful exhibition showcasing the latest in technology and innovation.”
“The regional aviation industry is growing fast and Bahrain is better positioned than ever to provide opportunities to leverage this. From our investment in airport and aviation-related infrastructure and technologies to being a regional leader in regulations and human talent development, the aviation industry’s contribution to economic development is at new heights,” he added.
Amanda Stainer, Commercial Director for Farnborough International, co-organizers of the Bahrain International Airshow, said: “When we created the Bahrain International Airshow on behalf of the Kingdom we could not have predicted the pace and scale at which it has grown. Since the first event in 2010, the show has seen it exhibitor base increase by 70% and a 75% increase in visitor numbers. It is now one of the region’s most important and influential trade events.”