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Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005

Impressive participation by world-class regional and international teams

Al Ain (UAE), January 25, 2005: His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attended activities and several aerobatic displays on the second day of Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 that opened at Al Ain International Airport yesterday (January 24). The event is being organized jointly by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the U.A.E. Air Forces and Air Defence and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) &endash; World Air Sports Federation, in cooperation with a number of government institutions and private sector agencies in Abu Dhabi.

He was accompanied by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Lieutenant General Khalid bin Abdullah Al Boainain, Commander of the UAE Air Forces and Air Defence, as well as the commanders of the air forces in Morocco and Jordan and the deputy commander of the Bahraini air force. The event continues till January 28.Gen. Sheikh Mohammed said: "The hosting of this major international sporting and tourist event for the second consecutive year demonstrates the trust of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) &endash; World Air Sports Federation in UAE expertise in organizing world-class events. The success achieved in previous international activities has undoubtedly been of positive returns from the UAE and participating teams benefited a lot".He expressed the keen interest of the UAE in hosting major events that bring direct and indirect returns to national sectors like aviation, tourism, the hotel industry, the transport industry, shopping and others, and provide opportunities to exchange expertise and strengthen political, military and sports cooperation with delegations from all over the world, a prime objective being sought by the UAE in its endeavour to host events following the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

H. H. Lt. Gen. Pilot Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi's Statement at the Opening Ceremony of the Aerobatics Show 2004:

"The Aerobatics Show is about to begin. I hope (insha-allah) this first show will be a major success for the city of Al Ain and continue to grow in the coming years. The aim of this event is to further increase the reputation of the U.A.E. on the international stage and to contribute to the economic development of this country. Thanks and congratulations to H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, all those involved in the organization and the Al Ain community for hosting this event. Good wishes to everybody for the Eid and many happy returns".

Gen. Sheikh Mohammed lauded the efforts exerted by the organizing committee and relevant agencies. He said creative ideas were implemented to serve visitors and the general public and contributed to further developing the show, enabling it to receive wide media attention at the local, Arab and international levels and consequently giving the UAE a window to the world to show its progress and advancements in every field.The second edition of the show is being held at Al Ain International Airport. A total of 18 teams from 35 countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia are taking part.Gen. Sheikh Mohammed said this kind of air sports attract large numbers of visitors and tourists from inside and outside the UAE, due to their cultural, sports and tourist dimensions, besides the enthralling performances and formations presented by international teams of high professional standards. He wished all participating teams success in the show.

Today's activities consisted of 13 aerobatic displays, including one by the UAE team flying Mirage 2000-9 and two Radio-controlled (RC) planes. Teams from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, India and Russia and team of the World Air Sports Federation took part in today's program.

The show has attracted massive media attention as more than 120 registered journalists from different parts of the world are in Al Ain to cover the show.

The event coincides with the centennial celebrations of the FAI, and the UAE is among the world's first countries to hold these celebrations. The FAI was set up in Paris in 1905.

In addition to aerobatic shows, static aircraft are on display from the United Arab Emirates Air Force, including Mirage 2000 fighter jet, Hawk mk63 training jet and most of training aircraft. The static display also has the latest Pilatus trainer pedigree, the state-of-the-art and most advanced Turbo Trainer aircraft in the world, THE ALL NEW PILATUS PC-21, seen for the first time outside Europe. Also as part of the static display is the world renowned PC-12 Executive commuter aircraft. Besides, Horizon International Flight Academy's Jet Ranger helicopter is taking part in the show.

Active role played by the security committee for the safety of teams and spectators

Colonel Mahash Saeed Al Hamli, Head of the Security Committee at the Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 and FAI World Grand Prix, underlined the massive efforts being made to enhance the security and safety of participating delegations and the general public. He said a precise security plan was being implemented for the safety of all.


Following directives of Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Col. Al Hamli said special emphasis was laid on the safety of spectators at activity sites and on providing them with all assistance.

He said that preventive measures were being taken to secure aviation-related activities, including the entry point to the show area, vehicular movement, protecting the public against any human errors, fires or accidents that cannot be ruled out completely at such activities.

Several security agencies, said Col. Al Hamli, are taking part in the implementation of the security plan. They include Al Ain Police, Military Security at the Armed Forces and Civil Defence.

As the show is being held within Al Ain International Airport's area, specific security measures are carried out, but with view to facilitating the entry and exit of visitors to the site.

Journey of Hope" &endash; a 15-section drama laid out in Al Ain skies

he Huete Voltage, organisers of the Grand Prix, presented a dramatic performance over two days, entitled 'The Journey of Hope', laid out in Al Ain skies with the participation of 30 'air actors' flying their aircraft, accompanied by 12 real birds and six mechanical ones. On the ground, a team of three musicians played tunes to the movements of the planes.

The 80-minute dramatic show on the first and second days of the event consisted of 15 sections was a mixture of music, sports, philosophy and the thrill of flying at low latitudes. It tells the story of a crippled boy who dreams about flying as he watches birds in the sky defying the rules of gravity. The higher organizing committee invited all centres for people with special needs to attend the show for free. Special seating areas for children were also made available.