HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa paid a visit Wednesday to the Bahrain International Air Show 2018 which is taking place at the Sakhir Airbase from 14-16 November, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
HM the King was welcomed upon arrival by Personal Representative of HM the King, Chairman of BIAS' Supreme Organizing Committee, HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, BDF Commander-in-chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and senior officials.
HM the King watched the air shows associating the event, where the Bahraini jet fighters led the participating air formations in opening of the air shows.
HM the King hosted a luncheon in honor of senior officials and guests.
HM the King paid tribute to the organizational efforts of the 2018 BIAS, one of the fastest growing Airshows in the Middle East, where leading aviation companies get together to exchange expertise and reach agreements.
HM the King expressed appreciation of the Supreme Organizing Committee’s efforts, singling HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa out. He also lauded the contributions of the BDF and Royal Bahraini Air force and competent sides to the success of the international event. He took pride in Bahraini human resources capable of organizing and hosting major international exhibitions, stressing that attracting leading aviation companies accentuates Bahrain strategic location as a prominent economic and trade regional center.
HM the King welcomed senior Bahraini officials, participants of various military and civil airlines, praising air shows that reflected the pilots’ high efficiency. He thanked Arab and friendly countries’ participations, which highlight the close relations between Bahrain and their countries.
HM the King noted the importance of such global gatherings that provide promising opportunities to forge new partnerships in the aviation field, affirming the BIAS has become an important economic and trade activity that contribute to promoting the national economy.
HM the King said the Kingdom of Bahrain is steadily moving toward more development achievements thanks to the loyal national efforts, wishing them all success and good stay.
King Hamad also received at the Sakhir Airbase BAE Systems Group Business Development Director Alan Garwood, Airbus Managing Director Airbus Middle East &Africa Fouad Attar and Boeing Regional Director Bernard Dan, marking their participation in the Bahrain International Air Show BIAS 2018) in its fifth edition.
HM the King welcomed them all and thanked them for their companies’ participation in BIAS 2018 to showcase their advanced inventions and cutting edge civil and military technologies.
He stressed the importance of such global exhibitions which represent specialized platforms to showcase latest cutting edge aeronautical technologies, acquire knowledge and exchange expertise regarding new technologies.
HM the King hailed BIAS sustained success and continuous participation of leading international aeronautical companies, which reflects Bahrain’s keenness on developing the sector of aviation and air navigation and promoting aeronautical investments, stressing the importance of keeping abreast of cutting edge modern technologies.
The guests expressed their thanks and appreciation to HM the King for the warm welcome, hailing Bahrain’s efforts to organize the exhibition. They stressed BIAS success in attracting a growing number of leading international companies and exhibitors.