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 Saturday, November 30 – Monday, 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, Director of Events Bureau, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which organises the show in partnership with the UAE Air Force and Air Defence.
“There are now more reasons for visitors to begin their Al Ain break the weekend prior to National Day and join in all the show activities and then the December 2nd celebrations – it all makes for a compelling reason to stay longer.”
Being aligned to this year’s 42nd UAE National Day celebrations, the show, which will be held at Al Ain International Airport, will pay tribute to the country’s rich culture and heritage with a series of UAE themed aerial displays and on-ground attractions, performances and activities.
“Having watched the show evolve over the last nine editions, we are confident that we can make the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show more enthralling than ever and ensure it is high on the ‘must do’ radar for the entire UAE community and visitors from neighbouring countries,” said Al Sheikh.
“We will work closely with stakeholders to deliver an action-packed family activation programme, both on the ground and in the air, one which will be much talked about long after people have left. This event lifts Al Ain’s profile on a local, regional and international stage, and gives us the opportunity to showcase just how much more there now is to see and do in this charming city and its surrounds.”
More than 71,000 spectators attended the ninth Al Ain Aerobatic Show in 2011 over the main two days. The show then boasted 24 flying teams from three continents, including a flypast by some of the most advance fighter jets of the UAE Air Force and breathtaking formation flying by national air force squadrons from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
In 2011 the show also had its largest ever ground-based entertainment offering including a 6,300sqm go-kart circuit as well as inflatable rides, bungee trampolines, loveable characters, roaming theatre acts, simulators, stilt walkers and a huge sponsor activation programme.
And TCA Abu Dhabi has confirmed that for the 10th anniversary, the number of aerials displays and entertainment and educational activities will be taken to new heights.
“The Al Ain Aerobatic Show this year will be the ultimate family day out, whilst also helping to nurture the next generation of aviation professionals with a wealth of onsite educational activities for our future aerospace leaders and enthusiasts. Added to this, the whole city will come alive with lots do outside of the show, making it a bumper weekend break,” added Al Sheikh.
TCA Abu Dhabi also confirmed it will be working with Al Ain stakeholders to create compelling stay and visit packages, to demonstrate the city’s many attractions and cultural activities.0Need at least 3 ratings