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رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
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posted on 27/09/2003: 2455 views

Salah Mohammed Algaz, a soft-spoken native of Mamzar, Dubai, has extraordinary skills. But his special genius remains known only to a close circle of friends. Not that it bothers Salah. He's content to pursue his passion quietly, without the tumult of media glare.

Every Friday afternoon - and whenever else the mood seizes him - Salah takes out the paraphernalia of his passion and gingerly puts it at the back of his red Range Rover. The 32-year-old businessman then drives down to Nad Al Sheba grounds, next to the camel racecourse. "I may have done this thousands of times but every time I do it, I'm filled with a school-boy thrill," he says.

At the grounds, as he steps out of the car, affectionate shouts of "Marhaba, Kaifal haal?" greet him. Salah waves to his friends and, as is his habit, looks up at the blue expanse of the sky. A smile breaks out on his face - the smile of a man who revels in doing what he loves most - and he hurries to join his friends.

Salah is the acknowledged ace radio-controlled (RC) flier among the motley group of Dubai's 100-odd regular RC buffs who spend their weekends flying electronically-operated mini-replicas of real aircraft. It is a merry mélange of nationals and expatriates bound together by a common passion that transcends cultural and age barriers.

The youngest flier is a 14-year-old national and the oldest one is a retired senior national whose four grown-up sons sometimes join him on the flying field.

While the rest of the folks in the UAE are savouring their myriad precious Friday activities - picnics, outings, movies or lazing around in cosy air-conditioned comfort, these die-hard RC lovers head for the sweltering heat, howling winds and dust-laden tracts of an open-air ground.

When Salah began in 1998, only a handful of expats and nationals were honing their RC flying skills in Dubai. Today, that number has swelled to over 100. Though expats - Australians, Britons, Austrians, Germans, Egyptians, Lebanese, Iranians, Pakistanis, Indians - still comprise a sizable number of fliers, nationals have taken up RC flying in a big way, far outnumbering the expats. Today, Dubai has four shops supplying RC flying equipment a sure indication that more and more people are opting for the outdoor aerobatic thrills.

RC flying in the new millennium, however, has become much easier and more economical than years ago. Radio equipment is extremely reliable, it is On the Hatta Road, next to Nad Al Sheba, every once in a while a cruising Toyota or BMW slows down and the occupant peers out, looking at the amazing spectacle of grown men in their Friday casuals on a wind-swept ground, with transmitters in hands, playing with what look like toys wheezing through the air. The onlooker's curiosity, perhaps, mirrors a widespread misconception about RC flying. "Many people think RC flying is child's play - like a toy or kite-flying," bemoans 30-year-old Abdulnasser Al Owais of Sharjah, whose forte is helicopter flying.

While outsiders may view RC flying, at best, as a fun way to spend a couple of hours, most RC aficionados aver that what looks like a mere pastime, has the potential to transform your life, bringing out or imbuing in you qualities you never suspected you had.

Mohammed Abdullah Hussain, 14, Dubai's youngest RC flier who started last year and has shown remarkable talent, says, "When you are flying, all your senses work in top gear, which gives a tremendous feeling," he claims. RC flying has inculcated in him the habit of saving money - to buy more aircraft, and of spending more time in his uncle's workshop, tinkering with the planes and trying out new combinations. (The Gulf News)


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