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Al Ain airshow

Postby shawarma » 08 Jan 2009, 15:49

  • What? Al Ain Airshow 2009 or more properly, the Al Ain Aerobatics Show, a display of planes flying in circles with people sitting or standing on the outside. Not what you want to see your pilot do on your scheduled holiday flights.
  • Where? Al Ain Airport
  • When? Wednesday 28 - Saturday 31 January 2009, 1200-1800 (12pm-6pm) daily
  • How much? Adults AED 40, Children (3-10 yrs) AED 25, Children under 3 get free entrance. Update: Free for government university students on opening day only.
  • Tickets from where? At the Air Show gates, online from, or tel 800-44444 (toll free in the UAE). Update: Tickets on sale from 10 January 2009.
  • Organisers? Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), UAE Air Force
  • Main Sponsors? Pilatus, Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH), Etihad Airways, Al Ain Mineral Water, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, Tourism Development & Investment Company, and Emirates Motor Company
  • Contact? tel toll free 8005353 (in the UAE) or +971-3-7642000, fax +971-3-7644456
    ADTA tel +971-2-4440444, fax +971-2-4440400, email, or Al Ain International Airport tel +971-3-7855555, fax +971-3-7855000
  • Website? ( doesn't seem to work)
Anything else?

The 2009 Al Ain Aerobatics Show will host the centennial celebrations to mark 100 years of air racing, and the opening leg of the 2009 Aero GP (the "Forumla One" of aviation). The Aero GP has six pilots in a 3-stage competition including dogfights, and "pylon racing" (first time in the Middle East), with pilots encountering G-Forces up to +10.
A crowd of up to 130,000 people are expected to attend (if you don't get there early, it will be a long walk from your car, although there should be plenty of parking).
See also Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2008 - program details from 2008, photos, background information. Aero GP pilots include:

Andy Bickmore (Britain)
Gerald Cooper (Britain), the 2008 Aero GP winner
Mark Jeffries (Britain)

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Al Ain Aerobatics free entry for students

Postby shawarma » 26 Jan 2009, 08:28

The Gulf News this morning (26 January 2009) had a small piece saying that Government university students get free entry to the Al Ain Aerobatics Show. I presume that includes tertiary colleges but I'm not sure, and haven't found anything else to confirm this news. The offer is only for the first day, and students must produce a university ID card. Here's a list of UAE universities - both private and government, no filter for government universities at present, but look in the curriculum column for "UAE". Zayed International College, part of Zayed University, is one UAE government university that accepts non-UAE citizens. There may be others but I'm not aware of them.
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