The Middle East historically has been, and remains, the world’s dominant producer of oil and natural gas, the production and sale of which has fuelled the extraordinary development of the region that has been witnessed over the last 20 years. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain have all been transformed from small city states into global hubs and have subsequently diversified into centres for financial services, aviation, and world trade, as well as international tourist destinations given the year round sunshine.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest exporter of oil and home of Saudi Aramco, widely regarded as the world’s most valuable company.
Given the above, and the continuing economic importance of the region, it should be no surprise to hear that the middle-east is a major player in the aviation world, with continued growth across the sector widely expected. Not only have we seen some of the worlds newest commercial hub airports emerge in recent years, such as Dubai International with its capacity for 75m passengers a year and Qatar, with its brand new Hamad International Airport designed to handle 50m passengers per year, Abu Dhabi even has it’s own dedicated business jet airport in Al Bateen Executive Airport.
Private jet enquiries originating from Dubai and Saudi Arabia in particular continue to be a major source of business for us, and despite the recent falls in oil prices we don’t foresee that changing this year, particularly over the British summer when we tend to see a spike in enquiries from the UAE and wider middle east, as wealthy individuals look to escape the worst of the summer heat and with London continuing to be one of the principal destinations of choice.
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