x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Al Ain air show finally begins as weather clears

Gates will open for longer hours to make up for the two-day delay caused by high winds and poor visibility.


AL AIN // It’s all systems go as the 2011 Al Ain Aerobatic Show kicks off today at the Al Ain International Airport after being delayed for two days due to inclement weather.

The line-up of aerobatic talent includes 15 aerobatic and display teams from three continents. Representatives from the UAE, Saudi and Turkish Air Forces will be flying as well.

Organisers have confirmed that gates will open for even longer hours to make up for lost time, from 9am to 6.30pm on both Friday and Saturday, with the displays starting at 10am. Visitors holding tickets from Wednesday or Thursday will be able to present them to gain free entry on either day over the weekend.

“The unprecedented delay has served to heighten anticipation, so we wanted to give something back to show visitors,” said Sultan Al Muhairi, event coordinator with Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), who are organizing the show in conjunction with the UAE Armed Forces. “Extending the opening hours and flying time is the perfect way.”

On the ground, meet-the-pilot sessions, tethered hot air balloon rides, go-karting and bungee trampolines have been set up.

Daily show tickets are Dh40 per adult and Dh20 for children between three and 10 years old, while children under three enter free. Ticket details can be found on the event’s website at www.alainaerobaticshow.com.