On the sidelines of Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS 2022), currently taking place at Sakhir Air Base from 9-11 November, Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, received Wednesday the Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF), Lieutenant General HRH Prince Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saudi, and his accompanying delegation.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief also received the Chief of Pakistan Air Staff, Air Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu, and his accompanying delegation.
Bahrain’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Dheyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi attended both meetings, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
Furthermore, the BDF Commander-in-Chief received at Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS 2022) the UK Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Air Marshal Martin Sampson, and his accompanying delegation.
For his part, Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dheyab bin Saqr Alnoaimi received the Chief of Staff of UAE Armed Forces Lt-General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al-Rumaithi, upon his arrival at Isa Airbase to attend the 6th Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS 2022).
Lieutenant General Dhiyab bin Saqr Alnoaimi also received Secretary General of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Air Vice-Marshal Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghidi and his accompanying delegation.
Earlier, on behalf of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, launched the 2022 edition of Bahrain International Airshow.
HRH highlighted the Kingdom of Bahrain’s commitment to further developing promising sectors that contribute to the Kingdom's national development, in line with the vision of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
HRH noted the Kingdom's attractive business and investment environment and commended Bahraini nationals for their creativity, innovation, and wide-ranging achievements.
HRH emphasised that the Kingdom of Bahrain has attracted major global events through its established presence in the exhibition and conference industry.
HRH affirmed that the Kingdom's hosting of specialised international exhibitions, conferences and broad international participation cements its position as a global destination for events.
HRH commended the success achieved by the Bahrain International Airshow over the last 10 years, adding that it has become a prominent event within the aviation industry. In this regard, His Royal Highness attributed the event's success to the efforts of HM the King's Personal Representative and Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee, His Highness Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
HRH toured the exhibition (photo) and visited the pavilions of participating countries, during which HRH was briefed on the latest technology in the world of military and civil aviation from various countries.
HRH also visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) national pavilion and was briefed on its interests in the aviation industry. HRH commended the development of Bahraini-UAE relations and added that the UAE’s commitment to participating in this exhibition and other events held in the Kingdom reflects the strength of the bilateral partnership cooperation between the two countries.
To conclude the tour, HRH highlighted the importance of the Airshow in the global events calendar as it provides an interactive platform for investors and stakeholders in the aviation industry.
HRH thanked all the Ministries and government agencies that contributed to organising the exhibition.
A number of senior officials, and distinguished guests participating in the exhibition, also attended the opening.