The debut edition of the Saudi International Airshow took place 12-14 March in Riyadh as hundreds of exhibitors and corporate executives and aviation and aerospace experts flocked to the Saudi capital to attend the first aviation & aerospace exhibition of its kind held in the Kingdom.

The airshow took place at Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport, on an area of more than 100,000 square meters at the headquarters of its host, the Saudi Aviation Club.

The airshow is aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which delineates the aviation sector’s indispensable role in the diversification and expansion of the national economy through the establishment of new airports and the expansion of existing facilities.

More than 265 exhibitors from around the world, as well as 1,500 international trade figures, including representatives of international companies and aviation bodies, were participated in the three-day event. On Thursday, the exhibition was open to the general public, with several thousand visitors attended to see the latest developments in the aviation industry.

The airshow has attracted aircraft manufacturers, regional sales agents for private aircraft, business and general aviation aircraft manufacturers, airlines, terminal operators, ground handlers, MRO services, airport equipment and suppliers, aerospace and defence experts, and participants from other areas of the aviation and aerospace industry.

The event is being held under the patronage of Prince Faisal Bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh Region, with the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Space Agency and Founder and Chairman of Saudi Aviation Club.

Prince Sultan said that the big number of attendees reflects what His Highness has already said: “The Kingdom is ready to be the most attractive country for exhibitions and conferences in the region. This has been done over the last five years by the National Program for Exhibitions and Conferences, which organized this market and put in place the appropriate frameworks that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reaping the fruits of this organized action in support of this important industry at the global level.”