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Tahnoun bin Mohammed opens Al Ain Aerobatics Show

Posted on 25/01/2005

Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, The Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region, yesterday opened the Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 and FAI World Grand Prix, being held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The four-day event is being contested by 18 teams, comprising more than 500 pilots and technical staff from 36 countries. Sheikh Tahnoun expressed delight as Al Ain has ...  >>MORE

Sky is the limit for daredevil pilots

Posted on 25/01/2005

Daredevil pilots performed skilful manoeuvres in solo and team formations as the Al Ain Air Show opened at the city's airport yesterday. The five-day show includes the FAI World Grand Prix, jumps by paratroopers from the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College, remote-control aircraft exhibitions and displays of civil and military planes. Eighteen teams are participating in the air show, and organisers expect it will attract more than 100,000 visitors this year, compared with 40,000 last year. ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Bin Zayed to open aerobatics show

Posted on 24/01/2005

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan opens today the Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 and the second FAI World Grand Prix. The Middle East's top aerobatics show that takes place from Jan.24 to 28 is being organised jointly by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and UAE Air Forces and Air Defence, in co-operation with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), world air sports federation. This year, the show ...  >>MORE

Special show to pay homage to late Sheikh Zayed

Posted on 22/01/2005

The Royal Jordanian Air Force Falcons, the national aerobatics display team of Jordan, will present a special aerobatic show on the opening day of Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 and FAI World Grand Prix on Monday, to pay homage to the late president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the architect of the UAE. Staff Lieutenant Colonel (pilot) Jamal Aziziyah, head of the 10-member team, said the 'Missing Man Fly-by' show is dedicated to the president Sheikh Zayed. A display using four ...  >>MORE

Over 150 journalists to cover Aerobatics Show 2005

Posted on 20/01/2005

The organising committee of Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 and FAI World Grand Prix has completed preparations for the major event that begins on January 24, 2005. The show, in its second year, is being held under the auspices of General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It coincides with the centennial celebrations of the FAI. A total of 18 teams 18 teams from 35 countries including Russia, Jordan, Morocco, ...  >>MORE

Russian Knights set to captivate spectators at Al Ain Aerobatics Show

Posted on 20/01/2005

The official Russian delegation taking part in Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 and FAI World Grand Prix arrived in Al Ain on Monday, leading the largest contingent thus far to participate in the Middle East's top aerobatic show that takes place from January 24 - 28. The six-member delegation will be followed within the next 48 hours by the rest of the team comprising 67 members in total. Two renowned Russian military teams - The Russian Knights, flying two SU-27s, and The Swifts, flying two ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT joins Al Ain Airshow

Posted on 18/01/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) yesterday announced it has signed a sponsoring agreement with the Al Ain Aerobatics Show and Federation Aeronautique Internationale World Grand Prix. This second edition of the annual show features some of the world's finest military and civilian aerobatic teams in flying displays and competition. The show is scheduled for January 24th to the 28th at the Al Ain International Airport. ETISALAT will staff a booth on the airshow grounds where ...  >>MORE

Race tracks becomes the focus of Awafi Festival

Posted on 15/01/2005

The annual Awafi Festival in Ras al-Khaimah entered in the third day on Friday with the sane dune climbing racetracks becoming the cynosure of all eyes at the festival venue. The festival noted for its spirited sand dune climbing races pulsating motor show, picked momentum with Ras al-Khaimah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi inaugurating the sane dune climbing races on Thursday evening. Scores of racing enthusiasts from the UAE and various GCC countries have line ...  >>MORE

Extreme skydiver to open Al Ain aerobatics

Posted on 10/01/2005

Extreme skydiver and base-jump champion Felix Baumgartner will open this year's Al Ain Aerobatics Show and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Grand Prix. The Austrian enthralled the world last July by becoming the first person to skydive across the English Channel. He was wearing only a jumpsuit equipped with a carbon fin and an oxygen tank. The 35-year-old former mechanic has also jumped from Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers, the world's tallest building, and the statue of Christ in ...  >>MORE

Dubai Terry Fox Run on February 4

Posted on 09/01/2005

Organisers of the Dubai Terry Fox Run have announced that the annual charity event will be held in Dubai on February 4, as an official DSF sports event, aiming to attract record participation and increased donations. The last Terry Fox Run held in Dubai attracted over 6,000 individuals who walked, ran, jogged, cycled, roller-bladed or wheeled through an 8.5 kilometre course, raising AED Dh375,000 in donations for cancer research in the UAE. The 2005 edition of the annual run in Dubai will ...  >>MORE

16 teams will fly 100 aircraft; Al Ain Aerobatics Show from Jan 24

Posted on 04/01/2005

An aerobatic team from Morocco will debut among 16 teams flying about 100 civilian and military aircraft from countries across three continents in the second edition of the Al Ain Aerobatics Show here from January 24-28. Morocco's ‘Green March' team will show its air skills on eight CAP 232 aircraft alongside seasoned teams from Asia, Africa and Europe, said Lieutenant General Khalid bin Abdullah Al Buaineen, the Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, expressing the hope that this ...  >>MORE

UAE plays host to centenary grand prix

Posted on 22/12/2004

The UAE will play host to centenary celebrations marking the world's first public aerobatics display. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the governing body of world air sports, is organising a World Grand Prix as its centenary event during the forthcoming Al Ain Aerobatics Show. "The UAE will be the first country in the Middle East to hold such an event," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Fans of air sports will be delighted to ...  >>MORE

Garden city prepares to say it with flowers

Posted on 28/11/2004

The city will soon be in full bloom. As the change in weather heralds the new season of colours, millions of flowers are being planted because the city is gearing up to play host to the Fifth Annual Flower Show. Officials from Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning Department are out on the streets decorating intersections, roundabouts and parks with flowers and plants. Al Ain has twice been awarded second place in Nations in Bloom, an international contest that honours cities for ...  >>MORE

Thousands of people to form human heart in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 30/10/2004

Thousands of UAE citizens and expatriates will join hands on 10 December in front of Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi to form the largest human heart under the theme "World is in Zayed's heart.” The gesture comes within the country's celebrations to mark the national day and in recognition of Sheikh Zayed's noble initiatives in offering support to the needy inside the country and abroad. The event to be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of ...  >>MORE

Many events lined up for Dubai the City that Cares

Posted on 13/10/2004

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has lined up over 35 events as part of the Dubai the City that Cares campaign 2004, to mark the holy month of Ramadan. Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, DCCI director-general, appreciated the support of the sponsors and partners of the event. The Dubai the City that Cares 2004 activities will cover a myriad of topics, including entertainment, social, sports, commercial and charitable activities, which will be concentrated in different ...  >>MORE

UAE Ambassador underlines UAE's participation in FIBF

Posted on 09/10/2004

Frankfurt - Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud, UAE Ambassador to Germany, has underlined the significance of the Participation under the umbrella of Ministry of Information and Culture in Frankfurt International Book Fair, FIBF 2004. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Al Mahmoud said, the UAE's participation in this distinguished cultural event affirms the UAE firm desire under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to acquaint the world with the tremendous ...  >>MORE

French Air Force team to present air show in capital

Posted on 26/09/2004

The reputed team of professional French Air Force pilots known as Patrouille de France will present an air show of synchronised flying and aerobatics in the capital on Tuesday as part of an Asia tour. The show, to be held in the Breakwater area near the Marina Mall from 5pm to 5.40pm, will include a dynamic combination of constantly changing formations including the much appreciated pass in reviews, a formation of aircraft flying with blue, white and red smoke trails. Aerobatic ...  >>MORE

Good exhibitor response to book fair in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/03/2004

Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation has issued a directory including more than 200.000 Arabic books and 100.000 English publications, which will be showcased during the 14th international book fair held in the capital from April 7 to 16. Around 800 Arab publishing houses, and a large number of foreign publishing and printing corporations, will participate in the Abu Dhabi 14th international book fair, which will be inaugurated by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourism focus set for sea change

Posted on 14/03/2004

The boat building industry in the UAE has undergone a sea change in the last three decades. So have the lives of those residing close to the sea. From wooden boats to those made of fibreglass and composite materials, the industry has come a long way. Despite the massive developments onshore, the sea still remains an attraction to many, including Colonel Saeed Hareb. Col. Hareb's abiding passion for the sea and boats has not diminished in the course of the last 30 years. He is a man ...  >>MORE

Celebration of cinema in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 03/03/2004

A chance to view around 170 movies, ranging from shorts to documentaries to animation, as the annual Emirates Film Competition opens today at the Cultural Foundation Once again Abu Dhabi will be in the throes of cine-mania for some days, with the opening of the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) tomorrow. An exciting package of around 170 movies, ranging from shorts to documentaries to animation, has been lined up this time. The major difference this year: the EFC has become bigger and better. ...  >>MORE

Ajman Fantasia sales expected to hit Dh100 million this year

Posted on 28/02/2004

Total sales of outlets participating at Ajman Fantasia 2004 are expected to hit Dh100 million this year as compared to Dh75 million last year, said Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Higher Organizing committee. Sheikh Rashid further added that this year's Fantasia is set to record a qualitative and significant leap in terms of commercial benefits to be accrued by the participating outlets, the shopping centres or indeed the outlets that have booked spaces at the festival ...  >>MORE

Over 180 Harley riders to hit the road tomorrow

Posted on 24/02/2004

Since the number of motorcycle riders has increased in Dubai, it has become even more imperative for reckless drivers to change their habits. Dubai has previously been referred to as a safe place to ride motorcycles. But Peter Mainguy, Assistant Director of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group, wants to see some changes in the attitude of other road users. The issue came to the surface during an announcement about of the 'Middle East HOG Rally 2004'. Speaking at a press conference to announce ...  >>MORE

Feast of flowers

Posted on 22/02/2004

Large, yellow sunflowers from Eritrea, vivid-red tulips from Holland, flowers from Socotra and Iran, the eternally favoured red roses, double-shaded carnations, variously coloured petunias and begonias — you will find them all in Abu Dhabi for a week. The occasion being the Abu Dhabi International Flower Festival being held on the grounds of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation from February 17 to 23. The event has been organised by Professional House Conferences & Exhibitions with the support ...  >>MORE

Air pollution issues to take centre stage at conference

Posted on 21/02/2004

International environmentalists, scientists and experts are assembling starting today for the Dubai International Conference 2004 organised by the Zayed International Prize for the Environment (ZIPE). During the four-day event, key environmental issues will be discussed to raise their profile with the public and decision makers. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Information and Culture, will inaugurate the conference titled 'Atmospheric Pollution' at the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Ajman Fantasia Festival kicks off on March

Posted on 21/02/2004

The Fourth Ajman Fantasia Festival is set to kick off on March 3rd, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Organising Committee announced here today. Sheikh Rashid expressed his hope that this year's festival would highlight the numerous achievements made in various areas by Ajman emirate in particular and the UAE in general. "As we prepare for this festival, we are proud of the confidence bestowed upon young UAE nationals by H.H Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme ...  >>MORE

Thousands take part in fun and adventure trip

Posted on 21/02/2004

Over 1,000 veterans and first timers, young and old alike, packed in more than 300 four-wheel-drive vehicles went out to the desert on the Gulf News Friday Fun Drive yesterday. Enthusiastic participants were up and about as early as 6am at the driving range of Club Joumana at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, the starting point of the 189-km route. Equipped with their information manual and meals, Fun Drive numbers and stickers, the convoy of adventure-seekers embarked to have a day in sun ...  >>MORE

Celebrating the beautiful bond between people and pets

Posted on 21/02/2004

Thousands of animal lovers from different nationalities trooped to the Nad Al Sheba Club grandstands yesterday for a day-long pet show. The 16th edition of the Pedigree and Whiskas Dubai Pet Show featured pet dogs, cats and birds and their owners. Four experienced judges from the UK were invited for the event. Results of the different competitions were not available from organisers immediately. The show helps K9 Friends and Feline Friends find good homes for rescued dogs and cats. Students ...  >>MORE

Thousands join charity run

Posted on 14/02/2004

More than 4,000 people, including mothers carrying their babies, joined a charity run in Abu Dhabi yesterday to honour a young Canadian cancer victim who had trotted more than 5,500 kilometres before he died at the age of 23. Men, women and children, mostly Westerners, ran or walked 10km along the Corniche road on a breezy Friday to raise funds for cancer research projects at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain. Police blocked all roads leading to the Corniche road for the one-hour run, the ninth to be ...  >>MORE

Sky's no limit for these daredevils

Posted on 07/02/2004

Several national teams as well as individual pilots staged thrilling aerobatic display for thousands of spectators during the three-day Grand Prix, which was part of the Al Ain Air Show 2004. The daredevil pilots presented breathtaking aerobatic manoeuvres by using fighter jet and vintage aircraft that flew in solo and in group formations to the tune of music. Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Authority organised the show with the support of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Air College, Al Ain ...  >>MORE

UAE to observe International Civil Defence Day

Posted on 07/02/2004

Under the patronage of Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the UAE will join the world in observing the International Civil Defence Day to be held this year in Al Ain on March 1st, under the theme of "Civil Defence and Education”. Lt. Col. Saeed Al Qasimi, said that the UAE annually joins the world in observing the International Defence Day, which is scheduled to be held on March 1st ...  >>MORE

Terry Fox Run raises record amount in donations for cancer research

Posted on 07/02/2004

"It is vital to continue cancer research. The only way to know more about cancer is through research, which is best pursued through donations." The Pakistani's emotional call was heard by the 7,000 people who had gathered yesterday for the Dubai Terry Fox Run: the event raised Dh317,000 in donations and pledges, organisers said. The amount, the highest since the Dubai run began in 1994, will help fund cancer research at the UAE University in Al Ain. In 1977, 18-year-old Terry Fox was ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed opens Al Ain Aerobatics Show

Posted on 03/02/2004

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces opened in Al Ain yesterday the First Al Ain Aerobatics Air Show. In remarks shortly after the show which was attended by over 4000 spectators, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his happiness for the success of the event, particularly the spectacular show staged by a team of elite pilots from the UAE Air Force. Sheikh Mohammed added that he was surprised by the turn out from ...  >>MORE

Daredevils captivate thousands

Posted on 03/02/2004

Thousands watched enthralled yesterday as daredevil pilots presented a breathtaking show, flying vintage aircraft to the tune of music at Al Ain International Airport. Spectators who had poured in from all around the country also saw aerobatic manoeuvres by jet fighters flying solo and in group formations. The aircraft were from the UAE Air Force, Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force and Russian Atlas Aerospace. The five-day Al Ain Air Show 2004 also features a display by paratroopers from the ...  >>MORE

Daredevils fly to the tune of music

Posted on 01/02/2004

Daredevil pilots yesterday enthralled crowds with their breathtaking aerobatics in a full dress rehearsal at Al Ain International Airport. A team of UAE paratroopers from the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Air College also took part in the rehearsal. The paratroopers, some of them carrying the UAE national flag, landed at predetermined points. Four aircraft from the UAE Air Force and six from the Saudi Arabia Air Force also participated in the event. Aerobatic experts from 15 different countries ...  >>MORE

Daredevils of the sky to fly in to test skills in Al Ain

Posted on 27/01/2004

Aerobatic experts with their flying machines are trickling in from 15 different nations to Al Ain. Aerobatics are the main part of the Al Ain Air shows 2004 which will set off on February 2. The first batch of pilots have already arrived in Al Ain and are unpacking their aircrafts. The aircrafts are being reassembled at Sheikh Khalifa Air College, which is providing technical support. The event, which is kicked off in the UAE is part of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) World ...  >>MORE

Fighter jets to enthral spectators in Al Ain

Posted on 12/01/2004

Fighter jets and aerobatic experts are coming early next month to enthral spectators in Al Ain. The Al Ain Air Show 2004 will coincide with Eid Al Adha and mid-year school vacations. The air show will have pilots from 15 different countries. These pilots are taking part in the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) World Grand Prix Championship, which started in 1996, and since 2003 it has been open to all spectacular air sports. The five-day event will start on February 2. The ...  >>MORE

Residents gear up to celebrate as festive season brings joy

Posted on 24/12/2003

Christians in different churches the UAE are expected to gather for the traditional midnight mass tonight to highlight this year's Christmas celebration. Thousands of parishioners are expected to converge around Dubai's church districts on Oud Mehta Road and Jebel Ali. The Holy Trinity Church community will celebrate the traditional midnight mass at 11 pm tonight with holy communion services at 8am, 9.30am and 7.30pm. St Mary's Catholic Church will celebrate the high mass at 12 midnight ...  >>MORE

Fun Drive takes dune thrills to new heights

Posted on 19/12/2003

The Fun Drive got off to an exciting start yesterday afternoon when Duleep George, Gulf News Marketing Manager, flagged off the lead marshal car driven by Jack Pierce. There were 650 four-wheel drives on the first day, while 100 more vehicles will join the day drive today. The overnighter is limited to 750 cars, including the 70 marshall cars, and manned by more than 200 Gulf News volunteers. The drive through the desert yesterday was a gentle initiation into what the Fun Drivers face today ...  >>MORE

Music, fashion spice up Lifestyles show

Posted on 12/12/2003

Lifestyles, a two-day extravaganza of sports, music, fashion and food, commenced yesterday at the Dubai International Marine Club. The event concludes today. Lifestyles was created last year to complement the spectacular Dubai finale of the Union Internationale Motonautique UIM Class One World Offshore Powerboat Championship. It carries the offshore excitement onshore with a line-up of top bands, designer labels and food from around the world. This year's organisers are expecting more than ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host FIM awards ceremony on December 13

Posted on 08/12/2003

Dubai will host the prestigious International Federation of Motorcycles (FIM) 2003 World Champions' Awards ceremony on Saturday, December 13. The Awards and Gala Dinner will be held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, at the Mina A Salam, Dubai's newest resort hotel. It will be the first time that the ceremony has been held outside the traditional European venue of Monte Carlo. Dubai beat off competition from ...  >>MORE

Big bargains at book fair

Posted on 07/12/2003

Book lovers can get great bargains at the Sharjah World Book Fair with discounts of more than 25 per cent during the 10-day exhibition. There are over 70,000 titles on display ranging from university course material to books on Islam and even early learning kits for infants. The English language section is represented by leading publishing houses from countries as diverse as United Kingdom, India, The Netherlands, Turkey and Russia. Over 550 Arab and international publishers are taking part ...  >>MORE

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Tahnoun bin Mohammed opens Al Ain Aerobatics Show


Sky is the limit for daredevil pilots


Mohammed Bin Zayed to open aerobatics show


Special show to pay homage to late Sheikh Zayed


Over 150 journalists to cover Aerobatics Show 2005


Russian Knights set to captivate spectators at Al Ain Aerobatics Show


ETISALAT joins Al Ain Airshow


Race tracks becomes the focus of Awafi Festival


Extreme skydiver to open Al Ain aerobatics


Dubai Terry Fox Run on February 4


16 teams will fly 100 aircraft; Al Ain Aerobatics Show from Jan 24


UAE plays host to centenary grand prix


Garden city prepares to say it with flowers


Thousands of people to form human heart in Abu Dhabi


Many events lined up for Dubai the City that Cares


UAE Ambassador underlines UAE's participation in FIBF


French Air Force team to present air show in capital


Good exhibitor response to book fair in Abu Dhabi


Dubai tourism focus set for sea change


Celebration of cinema in Abu Dhabi


Ajman Fantasia sales expected to hit Dh100 million this year


Over 180 Harley riders to hit the road tomorrow


Feast of flowers


Air pollution issues to take centre stage at conference


Ajman Fantasia Festival kicks off on March


Thousands take part in fun and adventure trip


Celebrating the beautiful bond between people and pets


Thousands join charity run


Sky's no limit for these daredevils


UAE to observe International Civil Defence Day


Terry Fox Run raises record amount in donations for cancer research


Mohammed bin Zayed opens Al Ain Aerobatics Show


Daredevils captivate thousands


Daredevils fly to the tune of music


Daredevils of the sky to fly in to test skills in Al Ain


Fighter jets to enthral spectators in Al Ain


Residents gear up to celebrate as festive season brings joy


Fun Drive takes dune thrills to new heights


Music, fashion spice up Lifestyles show


Dubai to host FIM awards ceremony on December 13


Big bargains at book fair