Bahrain air show attracts regional aviation companies

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

 


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.