LANGKAWI – The traffic was bustling at the 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’17) since it was opened to the public visitors two days before it ended yesterday.
LIMA’17 had achieved more than its target with the arrival of 276,969 visitors throughout the event starting from 21st till 25th March. This includes 40,280 trade visitors and 236,689 public visitors from local and international.
36 countries have participated in LIMA this year- more than 555 exhibitors from all over the world.
Malaysia World News interviewed some visitors and they were satisfied with the exhibition and performances held at Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) and Resort World Langkawi.
Skyeler Robertson, 30, from the United States of America said, it was his first time at LIMA’17 and for him the event was interesting because people from all over the world were “united” under one roof.
Alexander Lew, 25, from Kuala Lumpur said, his first time at LIMA ‘17 was a good experience while Cameron Simister, 26, from Australia was happy to be able to see sophisticated and futuristic air crafts from all over the world being exhibited in one big event.
“This is my first time to see real jets such as Hawk, Sukhoi, Dassault Rafale, and Eurofighter Typhoon,” said Nornabila Abd Majid@Razali, 25.
Eddie Yusri, 42, who brought his family along said, his second time at LIMA was amazing especially to watch many aerobatic teams from the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Black Eagle (South Korea), Jupiter (Indonesia), Russian Knight (Russia) and Rafale (France) performed stunning air shows.
“This year, LIMA’17 amazed the world with their aerobatic shows such as the “K-Pop Dangdut” (combination between the Black Eagle and Jupiter),” he added.
Alya Fadhila Ahmad Ikmal, 18, who had visited LIMA before said, LIMA ’17 was very much better and different from her first visit while her brother, Ahmad Hafiz Azani, 19, was excited to see the aero simulator.
“The world is here. The participation of many countries at this LIMA’17 is amazing,” said Shriya Popat, 21, from England.
Amin Malik, 47, and Jackie Malik, 42, also from the United Kingdom said, they chose Langkawi for their vacation this year (before visiting Singapore) just because of LIMA.
An exhibitor, Balqis MD Salleh, 22, said, LIMA’17 gave her a good opportunity to learn about the ranks, types of armed forces, aircrafts and navy ships at the exhibition hall.
A couple, Shaun Lee, 28, from Malaysia and Patcharapan Khokham, 29, from Thailand want to see more from the Royal Malaysian Air Force aerobatic shows in the future.
Abashev Sergei, 30, from Russia said, the Russian Knight aerobatic team was the best.
Siti Mazlina Chick, 35, said LIMA’17 becomes a one stop center for the military industries from all over the world to exhibit their latest technology and services.
-Malaysia World News