The Middle East Business Aviation Association’s MEBAA Show is the latest event to fall victim to the Covid-19 crisis.

MEBAA StaticPark

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The static park at the MEBAA show

The Dubai-based convention, which had been rescheduled from its original December date to February 2021, will now next take place in December 2022.

MEBAA founder and executive chairman Ali Alnaqbi says the association is cancelling the event with “deep regret”.

“Due to concerns related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions imposed across numerous countries around the world, we believe this tough decision is in the best interests of health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff,” he says.

Just days ago the Paris air show, due to be held in June 2021, became the highest profile casualty yet of the pandemic. The cancellation of the biennial event followed the axing of July’s Farnborough air show.

Assuming a successful roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine globally, it means that November 2021’s Dubai air show – held in alternate years to MEBAA at Dubai’s DWC convention centre – is likely to be the first post-crisis multi-sector event on the calendar.