The UAE accounts for 40% of corporate movement in the Middle East and North Africa
The UAE now accounts for 40% of business travel in the Middle East and North Africa, making it the largest market in the region, according to new figures from the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).
MEBAA founder and executive chairman Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi said the number of private or business aircraft operating in the UAE has exceeded 500, while the number of registered aircraft in the country now stands at more than 200.
Alnaqbi also said the signing of a cooperation agreement between MEBAA and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) had an overall goal of increasing the number of aircraft registered in the UAE or operating from the local market.
Collaborating with the GCAA is intended to expedite the registration process and make the UAE the main hub for business and private aviation services in the region, including registration and operations.
Alnaqbi also defended emissions from business and private aviation, claiming its contribution did not exceed 0.02% of the total aviation sector’s emissions, which were themselves around 2% of global emissions.
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