Program announced for MEBAA Conference Jeddah


A full line-up of speakers has been announced for the MEBAA Conference Jeddah, to be held at the Jeddah Hilton in Saudi Arabia on September 3-4, 2018. The keynote presentation will be given by Yassir Bin Mansour Al-Mayoof, assistant president of aviation standards at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and moderated by Ribhi Al-Husseini, consultant at Kinza Aviation Support Services.

Fahd Cynndy, director of Saudi Aramco’s aviation department, will discuss innovations in the aviation sector. “Business aviation is an important part of the aviation landscape in Saudi Arabia,” said Cynndy. “The top four airports – namely Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, and Madinah – presently account for more than 80% of the passenger traffic, while a 2016 report found that the Kingdom has the largest fleet of business jets in the Middle East. The MEBAA Conference Saudi provides an invaluable insight into this important market for industry professionals.”

During the Saudi Arabian Market Focus session, aviation expert Faisal Alsaddik, and Richard Gimblett, partner at HFW, will lead a panel discussion on regulating pilot standards. The effect of incident reporting on safety will be addressed by the Saudi Arabian Aviation Investigation Bureau.

The second session, Global Challenges in Business Aviation, will include a panel discussion led by Cynndy, who will be joined by representatives from XJet and UAS International Trip Support focusing on innovation in the business aviation industry. Attendees will also take part in interactive roundtable discussions across topics including insurance solutions, business aviation finance, technology developments and innovation, and enhancing customer service.

“The speakers for the MEBAA Conference Jeddah this year bring an incredible amount of experience, knowledge and insight to the event,” said Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi, founding and executive chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA). “We are thrilled to be able to bring these industry leaders together to provide a platform for sharing this knowledge with the business aviation community in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region.”

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