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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - AL AIN AIRSHOW

Flying high with 'pride'

Posted on 20/12/2015

After a thrilling three-day aerobatic event, Fursan Al Emarat has been crowned the 2015 Al Ain Air Championship victor. More than 50,000 visitors attended the Al Ain Air Championship, with the UAE's national aerobatic team taking top spot after impressing a prestigious judging panel in 'The Grand Champion'. Adopting a competition format for the first time, spectators were also given the chance to vote for their favourite acts this year - another first for the event. Jasem Al Darmaki acting ...  >>MORE

Crowds thrill to high jinks at Al Ain Air Championship

Posted on 19/12/2015

Ground-shaking military jets, graceful team formations and daring parachutists delighted the crowds on the opening day of the revamped Al Ain Air Championship. "The skill level is beyond imagination, these are really clever people,” said Al Ain resident Ian Rogers. "All of these people performing today, their experience is second to none.” The three-day event kicked off on Thursday, with the first performers trying to win the hearts and minds of a panel of judges and the crowd, to become the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Air Championship opens to spectacular adrenaline-filled aerobatic stunts and high-speed thrills

Posted on 16/12/2015

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, yesterday announced the full programme of aerobatic activities for the Ain Air Championship 2015, taking place from 17th-19th December. The announcement was made at a press conference at the Al Ain International Airport, which was attended by Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of Tourism Sector at TCA Abu Dhabi, alongside the captains of the participating teams including Fursan Al Emarat, the Saudi Hawks, the Misty Blues, the ...  >>MORE

Upcoming Al Ain Air Championship will go interactive this year with mobile app

Posted on 01/12/2015

The skies above Al Ain will play host to incredible stunts and daring feats of bravery as 10 civilian and military flying teams take to the air for the Al Ain Air Championship later this month. Air shows are always crowd-pleasers, but, this year, audiences will have a chance to be directly involved in how things play out in the skies above. "The format of the event has changed from an air show to an air championship,” said Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, acting executive director at TCA Abu ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Air Show: Displays continue to enthral

Posted on 02/12/2013

Aerobatics teams and individuals performed dozens of exciting displays on Sunday, UAE fighter jets such as F-16 and Eurofighter were just some of the attractions on the second day of Al Ain Air Show. A crowd of spectators took advantage of the 42nd UAE National Day holiday to attend the event. The three-day event, pulling together a line-up of four elite military teams and seven pilots from three continents, is jointly organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Aerobatic Show takes to the skies

Posted on 01/12/2013

The show at the Al Ain International Airport will feature a wide range of aircraft displays, interactive event partner stands, runway demos and lot more. It's time to look up at the skies. Two solo fighter-jet displays, a jet school bus and the famous indigenous Fazza skydiving team are to be seen at the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show. The show, being organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) at the Al Ain International Airport till the 42nd National Day on ...  >>MORE

World-famous Breitling Wingwalkers to perform heart-stopping biplane routine at Al Ain Aerobatic Show

Posted on 14/11/2013

Breitling Wingwalkers, the world's only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, will bring their dare devil wingwalking stunts to the 10th edition of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). With over 27 years of specialty in display flying and over 2,500 different events performed globally, the much loved Breitling Wingwalkers will captivate visitors and residents alike with their breath-taking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and ...  >>MORE

Daredevil pilot promises sky-high thrills at Al Ain Aerobatic Show

Posted on 05/11/2013

Daredevil Jonathon Whaley is promising sky-high thrills when he pilots his jet above the sand dunes of Al Ain for the final time later this month. This year's Al Ain Aerobatic Show will mark the last time thrill seekers will get the chance to see Mr Whaley perform his trademark stunts before the former Royal Air Force pilot "eases back on the throttle a bit”. Mr Whaley, 67, better known as Flapjack in aviation circles, hopes he can fly his red and yellow Hawker Hunter aircraft at speeds of ...  >>MORE

British Red Arrows to participate in Al Ain Aerobatic Show

Posted on 01/11/2013

The Red Arrows, the famous British aerobatic display team, will perform at the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show, the organisers of the show announced on Wednesday. The show coincides with the UAE's 42nd National Day weekend and world famous aerobatic teams will be performing their best stunts to enthral visitors, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). The city will see a blur of red from November 30 to December 2 as the UK's famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team ...  >>MORE

10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show from Nov 30

Posted on 14/03/2013

The 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show, one of the emirate's longest running and established family events, will return to the skies over Abu Dhabi's ‘Oasis City' this year from November 30 to December 2. "The show has been timed to run up to and across National Day celebrations to encourage an increased length-of-stay by the many guests who flock to Al Ain — our heritage heartland — to mark the anniversary of our federation's founding in the UAE's most cultural setting,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Aerobatic Show advanced
to Nov 30-Dec 2

Posted on 20/07/2011

The tenth edition of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show will be held during the UAE's National Day weekend in December, advancing it from its traditional January schedule, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has confirmed. The 2012 event will take place at the Al Ain International Airport from November 30 to December 2 this year. "This new schedule, which includes the Friday-Saturday weekend and December 2, which is a public holiday, will give UAE residents and international visitors the chance ...  >>MORE

Breathtaking spectacle in air

Posted on 06/02/2011

Spectators came in droves to watch the ninth Al Ain Aerobatic Show after it opened on Friday amidst clear blue skies. The ground adjacent to the Oasis City's International Airport, started filling up since 9 in the morning. After a delay of two days, the pilots were more than eager to show-off their stunts to the expectant audience from several emirates. The aerobatic show started off with the FAI Desert Challenge arranged by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the international ...  >>MORE

Fantoba wins Desert Challenge

Posted on 06/02/2011

Spanish pilot Cástor Fantoba yesterday won the Desert Challenge air race at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show, followed by Gerald Cooper from the United Kingdom as the curtain came down on the weather-reduced two-day international event in the oasis city. Flying a Sukhoi 26, the Spaniard recorded an overall score of 70.85 per cent, just 1.8 per cent ahead of Cooper who was flying a CAP 232 aircraft. Fantoba's triumph came after successfully completing three extremely demanding rounds, incorporating ...  >>MORE

Opening of Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2011 postponed to next Friday

Posted on 03/02/2011

Due to the adverse weather conditions being experienced across the United Arab Emirates, the organisers of the 2011 Al Ain Aerobatic Show have postponed the opening of the show on Wednesday 2nd February. With the weather expected to improve over the coming days, the show will go ahead as planned between Friday 4th and Saturday 5th February (12.00-18.00). This decision has been taken by the show organisers Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the UAE Armed Forces for the well-being of participants ...  >>MORE

Opening of Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2011 postponed to next Thursday

Posted on 02/02/2011

Due to the adverse weather conditions being experienced across the United Arab Emirates, the organisers of the 2011 Al Ain Aerobatic Show have postponed the opening of the show on Wednesday 2nd February. With the weather expected to improve over the coming days, the show will go ahead as planned between Thursday 3rd and Saturday 5th February (12.00-18.00). This decision has been taken by the show organisers Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the UAE Armed Forces for the well-being of ...  >>MORE

Unique aerial ballet to feature at Al Ain Air Show

Posted on 30/01/2011

Blue Voltige, a team of two motor gliders, will perform a unique aerial ballet amid a spectacular line-up of solo and team gravity-defying acts at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show. Participants' line-up for spectacle on February 2-5 at Al Ain International Airport includes Turkish air force's aerobatic team — the Turkish Stars — as well as the Baltic Bees and Team Viper, the world's only Hawker Hunter fighter jet display team. The Blue Voltige comprises Fournier RF4D and RF5 motor-gliders piloted ...  >>MORE

Turkish Stars to light up the skies at Al Ain airshow

Posted on 13/01/2011

Turkish Stars, a leading military display team, will come to the Oasis city to show their spell binding skills in the air for the first time in the UAE. The squadron is the latest aerobatic team that has confirmed it will attend the Al Ain Aerobatic Show at the Al Ain International Airport from February 2 to 5, an official of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) — the event organisers, said. The team features formations of up to nine F-5 fighter jets piloted by the Turkish Air Force's 134th ...  >>MORE

Team Viper to take part in aerobatics show

Posted on 02/01/2011

Team Viper, the world's only Hawker Hunter fighter jet display squadron, has joined the list of international aerobatics and display teams that will be heading to the Al Ain Aerobatics Show in February, the organisers said. The aerobatics show will be held from February 2 to 5 at Al Ain International Airport, and some 130,000 visitors are expected to watch the world's top pilots manoeuvring their agile aircraft in the skies. It will be ninth edition of this annual event in the Oasis city. ...  >>MORE

Air show promises top-flight fun

Posted on 13/12/2010

Around 130,000 people are expected to attend the Al Ain Aerobatic Show in February, organisers say, promising an even more adrenaline-charged event than previous years. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the UAE Armed Forces say this year's display - held from February 2-5 - will feature more than 15 teams from four continents. Highlights will include wing-walkers, subsonic jets, choreographed "dancers in the sky" and jet-propelled lorries. The Federation Aeronautique International Desert ...  >>MORE

11-plane fly-past celebrates Al Ain aerobatic show

Posted on 29/01/2010

Two aerobatics teams participating in this year's Al Ain Aerobatic Show have made a spectacular fly past over the southern Emirates at the start of the second day of the internationally acclaimed event. The four-day show, which is being held at Al Ain International Airport every afternoon until Saturday January 30th, is the world's only aerobatic spectacle that combines military and civil aircraft, stunt displays and competitions. At 9.50am, the seven L-39 Albatros Breitling Team jets joined ...  >>MORE

Al Ain air show wows spectators

Posted on 28/01/2010

Stunning performances on Wednesday enthralled thousands of spectators on the opening day of the 7th edition of Al Ain International Aerobatics Show in the Oasis city. The opening day displays included individual and team performances from 23 teams from 15 countries with their 45 civilian and military aircraft. The Aero GP – aviation's Formula 1 is also a part of the show for the second consecutive year. Spectators poured in from all over the UAE, neighbouring GCC states, and other countries ...  >>MORE

Air show cleared for takeoff as pilots sharpen their skills

Posted on 27/01/2010

Aerobatics experts and their flying machines have flocked Al Ain airport from 15 countries to stage their daring manoeuvres at the air show, opening on Wednesday. Some of the participants conducted rehearsals on Tuesday over the show venue to acclimatise and sharpen their skills before the show kicks off. Brigadier Staff Pilot Abdullah Saeed Al Shamsi said all safety arrangements are in place. The four-day event will open today at Al Ain International Airport, in which pilots and aerobatics ...  >>MORE

Parachutists aim for a world first in Al Ain

Posted on 26/01/2010

A South African aerobatic team will attempt to complete a triple synchronised inverted parachute drop – the world's first – at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show beginning tomorrow. The Goodyear Eagles, one of 20 teams attending the event, plan to perform the three-man inverted drop each day of the four-day air show at Al Ain International Airport. While three Pitts Special S2Bs aircraft are in a formation loop, a parachutist will drop out from each plane from the open canopies. Radio communication ...  >>MORE

Maiden fly-past for UAE's new Knights of the sky

Posted on 21/01/2010

Trailing plumes of red smoke, four fighter jets blasted past graduates at the air college in Al Ain yesterday, giving the public its first glance of Al Fursan — The Knights. The UAE's aerobatic team, made up of six of the most experienced and skilled pilots in the Air Force, made its debut with a fly-by at the graduation ceremony for pilots and air-traffic control students at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College. From the UK's Red Arrows to the US's Blue Angels and the Saudi Hawks, national ...  >>MORE

Al Ain to host musical aerobatics competition

Posted on 20/01/2010

The UAE's historic Oasis City here will host another Middle East first this month, as Aero GP — a highlight of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show which takes place on January 27-30 — introduces musically 
scored aerobatics to its three-part competition. Entertainment is being woven into Aero GP — known as the Formula One of air racing — when six pilots compete with each other across multi-plane air racing, air combat and the new scored aerobatics disciplines. Precision target aiming — a ...  >>MORE

Hungarian Wins Al Ain’s Aero GP

Posted on 01/02/2009

In what was a gripping climax to four days of aerial master-class, Hungary's Zoltan Veres took top honours on Saturday in the Middle East's debut Aero GP Al Ain, an aerobatic triathlon, which included pylon racing, dog-fighting and precision targeting. The stage was set on the final day for a showcase of cutting-edge flying with the 5 Aero GP pilots having gone through Friday's qualifying rounds with distinction. Hungarian ace Veres led the pack with a dazzling aerial display, which saw him ...  >>MORE

Remote-controlled planes take Al Ain aerobatic show to new heights

Posted on 29/01/2009

Dazzling displays by remote-controlled planes got the Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009 off to a flying start as their larger counterparts banked and rolled to the amazement of thousands of spectators here on Wednesday. The Italian maestros of the Yakitalia and Pioneer display teams wowed crowds with their performances and Will Curtis went solo in his bright-red Rizon-sponsored Sukhoi 26. Pilots from the showpiece Aero GP race series – the Formula 1 of Air Racing - took to the skies to put the ...  >>MORE

Etihad fly-by at Al Ain Aerobatic Show

Posted on 23/01/2009

Visitors to this month's Al Ain Aerobatic Show will be treated to a unique fly-by from Etihad Airways' recently unveiled Formula 1 branded aircraft. To help build global awareness of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taking place later this year, the Abu Dhabi-based airline has painted its latest aircraft delivery with an eye-catching F1 livery. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' Executive Vice President, Marketing and Product, said: 'This year's fly-by will mark the ...  >>MORE

Daring wing-walkers expected at air show

Posted on 20/01/2009

Skycats, the famous Scandinavian wing-walkers, will stage the breath-taking display at Al Ain Aerobatic Show later this month. According to the organiser, the daredevils will be the main attraction at the show, scheduled for January 28 to 31, at Al Ain International Airport. Cerina Rydälv, one of wing-walkers, is an engineering student but a key member of the Scandinavian airshow display team, where she performs the role of a playful Skycat on the wings of an aircraft. The fearless Swede said ...  >>MORE

Al Ain to host ground-breaking engine-free air display

Posted on 13/01/2009

This month's Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009, the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates' annual aviation spectacle, will be the first outside of Europe to host the Swift Aerobatic Display Team - a record-breaking glider outfit that performs amazing feats using just the power of gravity. Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which organises the event in conjunction with the UAE Air Force, believes the inclusion of new-to-the region displays are critical in reinforcing the Al Ain spectacle as one of ...  >>MORE

Jaw-dropping routines to be part of air show

Posted on 12/01/2009

Visitor tickets have gone on sale for this month's Al Ain Aerobatic Show that includes the Middle East's first Aero GP series - Aviation's Formula One. The four-day event, considered the curtain-raiser to the global air sports calendar, will be held at Al Ain International Airport every afternoon from January 28 to 31. Daily tickets for the show are Dh40 per adult and Dh25 for children between three and 10 years. The show is free for children under three. Tickets are available via ...  >>MORE

Competition heats up as final pilots confirm for Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009

Posted on 07/01/2009

A final two gravity-defying pilots have confirmed participation in January's hair-raising Aero GP air race series, nicknamed aviation's 'Formula One', which will debut in the Middle East at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009. Hungarian veteran and two-time Aero GP Champion, Zoltan Veres, joins American fly-boy, Smokey Young in a lineup of much-medalled ace pilots. 'The introduction of the full Aero GP line-up and a host of the world's top pilots to the Al Ain calendar further elevates the Garden ...  >>MORE

Al Ain gets ready for high-flying spectacle

Posted on 31/12/2008

The Al Ain Aerobatic Show next month promises death-defying acts, among them stuntwomen walking on the wings of aeroplanes as they soar through the sky. The wing-walkers are part of the entertainment organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and the UAE Air Force. The show's centrepiece is the Middle East debut of the Aero GP series, a racing event that has been called the Formula One of aviation. "Our location allows us to do a very tight aerobatic circuit that seems to be very close ...  >>MORE

Al Ain International Aerobatics kicks off

Posted on 27/01/2008

The annual Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship -held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces - kicked-off today with world renowned Team Guinot Wingwalkers first up in the "Garden City's" skies. Flying a pair of 1940s Boeing Stearman biplanes, the two-man, two-woman team Wingwalker outfit entertained the Al Ain crowds with a thrilling display of loops, rolls and low-level ...  >>MORE

Largest ever International Al Ain Aerobatic Show takes off

Posted on 24/01/2008

The largest ever Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship, the 'Garden City's' annual aerobatics display which is held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, kicks off today, all set to smash its previous records of size, aircraft on display and spectators. The curtain raiser to the global air sports calendar, the Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship, which runs through to ...  >>MORE

Al Ain set for international air show

Posted on 23/01/2008

Colourful flying machines and aerobatic experts from around the world have stared flocking at Al Ain airport to stage their daring manoeuvres at the air show, which stars on Thursday. Some of the participants have already started rehearsals. Faris Mohammad Al Mazruei, Brigadier staff pilot, said safety arrangements are in place. The four-day international event will open on Thursday at Al Ain International Airport. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Romanian Yakkers eye Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship's debut

Posted on 12/01/2008

Garden City spectators are in for a treat this month, with the Romanian team Aerobatic Yakkers set to make their debut at the Al Ain International Aerobatics Championships - the first time the spectacular formation flyers have performed outside of Europe. The four-day Al Ain extravaganza, which will be held from Jan. 24-27 January, under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will attract ...  >>MORE

Female wing-walkers to perform at Al Ain Aerobatics Show this month

Posted on 06/01/2008

A British all-female formation wing-walking team will perform at Al Ain International Aerobatic Show later this month, the organisers announced on Saturday. The Guinot team is the world's only formation wing-walking team and is based in Gloucestershire in England. The team spends the summer months travelling across Europe and the world, performing in more than 80 seasonal wing-walking displays at different air shows, concerts, and carnivals. The team will perform its brand-new formation ...  >>MORE

Al Ain aerobatics championship to take off in January

Posted on 31/12/2007

Set against the backdrop of one of the world's oldest desert oasis settlements, the largest-ever Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship - a permanent fixture in the global air sports calendar - will take place in the 'Garden City' of Al Ain from 24-27 January. The organisers of the Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship announced that the show will see over 110 aircraft from (number) countries compete in the four-day family extravaganza. "There will be a spectacular contingent of ...  >>MORE

Airshow ends as female flies into first place

Posted on 31/01/2007

The first female winner of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show Prize 2007 walked away with a cash prize of $50,000 on the last day of the show. Russian Svetlana Kapanina, was the first winner at the Al Ain Aerobatics Show to receive a monetary prize and was presented with cheque for $50,000 (Dh183,640) and a falcon trophy from Colonel Abdullah Al Amimi, head of the Flying Control Committee Kapanina, 38, from Moscow, said she was honoured to be at the airshow and come away from with the top prize – ...  >>MORE

Air show puts Al Ain on world tourist map

Posted on 29/01/2007

Organised efforts to promote Al Ain Aerobatic Championship succeeded with over 55,000 people turning up to witness the show in the first two days. The air shows, which are hosted by Al Ain every year, have firmed up the city's regional and international position as a major tourist destination. Al Ain Aerobatic Championship is the only event of its kind in the world held in this time of the year. So the entire world's attention is riveted on this city as it offers thrilling aerobatic ...  >>MORE

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Flying high with 'pride'


Crowds thrill to high jinks at Al Ain Air Championship


Al Ain Air Championship opens to spectacular adrenaline-filled aerobatic stunts and high-speed thrills


Upcoming Al Ain Air Championship will go interactive this year with mobile app


Al Ain Air Show: Displays continue to enthral


Al Ain Aerobatic Show takes to the skies


World-famous Breitling Wingwalkers to perform heart-stopping biplane routine at Al Ain Aerobatic Show


Daredevil pilot promises sky-high thrills at Al Ain Aerobatic Show


British Red Arrows to participate in Al Ain Aerobatic Show


10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show from Nov 30


Al Ain Aerobatic Show advanced
to Nov 30-Dec 2


Breathtaking spectacle in air


Fantoba wins Desert Challenge


Opening of Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2011 postponed to next Friday


Opening of Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2011 postponed to next Thursday


Unique aerial ballet to feature at Al Ain Air Show


Turkish Stars to light up the skies at Al Ain airshow


Team Viper to take part in aerobatics show


Air show promises top-flight fun


11-plane fly-past celebrates Al Ain aerobatic show


Al Ain air show wows spectators


Air show cleared for takeoff as pilots sharpen their skills


Parachutists aim for a world first in Al Ain


Maiden fly-past for UAE's new Knights of the sky


Al Ain to host musical aerobatics competition


Hungarian Wins Al Ain’s Aero GP


Remote-controlled planes take Al Ain aerobatic show to new heights


Etihad fly-by at Al Ain Aerobatic Show


Daring wing-walkers expected at air show


Al Ain to host ground-breaking engine-free air display


Jaw-dropping routines to be part of air show


Competition heats up as final pilots confirm for Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009


Al Ain gets ready for high-flying spectacle


Al Ain International Aerobatics kicks off


Largest ever International Al Ain Aerobatic Show takes off


Al Ain set for international air show


Romanian Yakkers eye Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship's debut


Female wing-walkers to perform at Al Ain Aerobatics Show this month


Al Ain aerobatics championship to take off in January


Airshow ends as female flies into first place


Air show puts Al Ain on world tourist map