Bahrain air show attracts regional aviation companies

Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed
Updated 07 November 2018

Bahrain air show attracts regional aviation companies

The 5th edition of the Bahrain International Air Show 2018 (BIAS 2018) has attracted the highest ever number of companies from the GCC, namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The event will be held under the patronage of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and has been organized under the supervision of Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, personal representative and chairman of the organizing committee of BIAS.

Building on the long-established brotherly relationships between the countries, the biennial event, which will take place from Nov. 14-16, will provide aviation companies from the region an opportunity to meet potential clients and suppliers participating in the show from the global aviation industry. 

Saudi Arabia’s participation at the BIAS 2018 follows that of the UAE, with committed presence from six significant Saudi entities specialized in aviation, engineering and military manufacturing, namely the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Adams Advanced Aero Technology, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI), Sky Prime Aviation Services and Saudi Aramco.

The UAE will be represented at the event by a total of 14 entities comprising local government bodies as well as specialized companies in the aviation and engineering of military industrial machinery and equipment. Participants include Abu Dhabi Aviation, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI), Advanced Military Maintenance Repair Overhaul Center (AMMROC), UAE Company for Industrial Machinery and Equipment, Emirates Advanced Research Advanced Research and Technology Holding LLC, Emirates Technology and Innovation Center (ETIC), Global Aerospace Logistics LLC (GAL), an Abu Dhabi-based subsidiary of the Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), Air Navigation Services, Maximus Air Cargo, Nation Shield Military and Strategic Journal, Royal Jet, Tawazun Economic Council, UAE Space Agency and Etihad Airways Engineering. 

Kuwait will also be participating with Kuwait Airways taking part in the static display as well as the exhibition hall.

Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of BIAS, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said: “The top executives from the public and private sectors in the region can meet with the global aviation industry leaders in one place.”


AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Updated 16 January 2019

AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Al-Habtoor Group (AHG) has clarified that the group and all its divisions, including Habtoor Hospitality (Habtoor Hotels) have no link or relationship of any kind with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) and its owner Rashid Al-Habtoor.

This is following news released in major Indian and Middle Eastern media about a potential acquisition of the Leela Group of Hotels in India (Hotel Leela venture) by Rashid Al-Habtoor, founder and owner of Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises.

A spokesperson for Al-Habtoor Group said: “We feel obligated to clarify that Al-Habtoor Group in all its divisions and Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises are two separate entities. Habtoor Hospitality, commonly known as Habtoor Hotels, is owned solely by Al-Habtoor Group in the UAE and overseas.”

“... Any actions or business decisions taken by Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises or any of their associates are their sole responsibility, and Al-Habtoor Group is not liable under any circumstance for any damages or liabilities arising directly or indirectly from Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises business ventures.”