THE Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS 2012) has been a runaway success with hundreds of thousands of people attending over the past two days .The enthusiasm of the people had to be seen to be believed.
What i have heard from the public and the visitors have made it a great show - a very successful one. Hope it will be eve a greater show in the coming two years. More than 50,000 visitors were expected to attend the show over three days. I think it was exceeded that figure.
The public at the show, off the main business area, present a colourful sight with people from all walks of life, from Bahrain and overseas, taking part in various activities lined up for them.
Crowds, that started to gather from early in the morning, were treated to a breathtaking array of aerobatic and stunt shows by fighter and civilian pilots as well as those from the Bahrain Royal Air Force.
Pilots from the French Air Force, the Russian Knights (the Russian Air Force display team), the UK's Red Devils (The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team) and the Royal Jordanian Air Force acrobatic team were among those who showed off their flying skills on the second day yesterday.
Organisers said public tickets for today had already sold out, with thousands more expected to attend on the last day.
The show yesterday also featured helicopter simulators, a vertical wind tunnel where people can simulate skydiving, display aircraft and other entertainment.
One of the most attractive features for visitors was the vertical wind tunnel where hundreds of people gathered throughout the day. Those taking part had to undergo training for a few minutes before they were allowed to take part.
Other attractions included a magic show, food stalls and a stunning fireworks display that concluded the day's events.BIAS 2012 is showcasing 69 aircraft in the trade area and 15 in the public arena.Twenty international defence delegations from 15 countries are at the show and civil delegations from 18 nations are attending.
The show opens to the public from 10.30am to 6.15pm, with the trade section running from 9am to 5pm.
It has been organised by Farnborough International with the support of Bahrain's Civil Aviation Affairs.
Visitors will also learn more about the kingdom's history and heritage, especially with Manama being selected as the Capital of Arab Culture 2012.
The tourism sector continuously seeks to participate in local exhibitions and events, building a strong presence to introduce its visitors to what Bahrain has to offer from history, culture and heritage to enhance and stimulate the tourism sector and spread awareness about the various activities and attractions throughout the year.
With visitors coming to the Bahrain International Airshow from across the world, the event provides the ideal platform to showcase the numerous initiatives of the tourism sector and efforts in promoting this sector to the rest of the world.