Abu Dhabi Aviation set for big desert challenge
Abu Dhabi, April 3, 2013
Abu Dhabi Aviation, a leading commercial helicopter operator, will supply aircraft, pilots and logistical support besides providing the life-saving aerial Search And Rescue (SAR) services at the upcoming Desert Challenge rally.
The 23rd Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge opens tomorrow (April 4) and will run up to April 11 deep in the Liwa Desert in the Western Region of Al Garbia, said the event organisers, the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE).
The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is part of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars and trucks, and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship for bikes. It will test the limits of the world’s best rally drivers and riders, they stated.
An official sponsor of the Desert Challenge – one of the most physically and mentally challenging cross country rallies in the world – Abu Dhabi Aviation will be the sole provider of aircraft, pilots and logistical assistance, including four helicopters that will be used by a team of 10 trauma doctors and four search and rescue crewmen.
Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the president of the ATCUAE, and founder of the desert rally said: “The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is a true test of an individual’s physical and mental character. The Liwa Desert’s amazing terrain is addictive and few people who participate in the event can leave it behind. However the absence of civilisation and share remoteness mean there are dangers involved.”
"The safety of competitors, spectators, and organisers is always paramount, and more critical given the extreme environments encountered, which is why the aerial support that Abu Dhabi Aviation provides can be the difference between life and death," he noted.
"Its advanced fleet of helicopters and skilled pilots ensure that the number of casualties is minimal and we are very grateful for their support again this year," he added.-TradeArabia News Service