For the first time the public will have the chance to experience the thrill of the Dubai Airshow flying display through Skyview. From Monday through Thursday Skyview visitors can enjoy the best of the flying from a special grandstand that has been installed to provide a superb view of the aerial demonstrations. A range of exhibitions, games and activities has been organized in the Skyview enclosure to further entertain visitors.
This year’s flying display promises to be a feast of aerial entertainment. The UAE’s Al Fursan national aerobatic display team is scheduled to take center stage, flying their Aermacchi MB339s, supported by displays by other aircraft from the UAE armed forces.
A large number of exhibits have also come from overseas, including the Rafale and Typhoon that are under consideration for a UAE Air Force requirement. The U.S. Department of Defense is also supporting the show and a range of its latest hardware is on show, including the F-22 Raptor, B-1B Lancer, F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Osprey tiltrotor transport.
As well as the Typhoon, the UK’s Royal Air Force has sent its own aerobatic team, the legendary Red Arrows. The “Reds” are on a Gulf tour that has already seen them visit Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Following five shows here at Dubai World Central and one along the seafront on Thursday, the team is scheduled to fly in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, before wrapping up its tour with three shows at the Al Ain airshow.
In addition to fast jets and display teams, Skyview visitors can also see helicopters and transport aircraft. Among the latter the highlights are likely to be the first visit to the region by the Airbus Military A400M military airlifter, and the majestic Airbus A380, the world’s largest airliner.
Skyview opens its gates from 12 to 6 p.m., November 18 to 21, with the flying display commencing around 2 p.m. Admission prices are AED60 for adults and AED30 for children under 12.