Bahrain readies for major air show
Manama, January 17, 2012
Pilots representing the Russian Air Force touched down in Bahrain yesterday (January 16) as preparations for a major air show continued at full throttle.
Known as the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights), the aerobatic demonstration team is among those taking part in the Bahrain International Air Show 2012 this weekend.
It will run from Thursday until Saturday and is being organised by UK-based exhibition organiser Farnborough International Ltd (FIL), in collaboration with Bahrain's Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA).
The biennial event is being held for the second time at Sakhir Air Base and will feature a host of breathtaking aerial displays, in addition to other family attractions and entertainment, according to the official website.
It promises some of the world's greatest, fastest and most advanced aircraft showcasing stunts and manoeuvrability that have not been seen before - including modern and historic, military and non-military planes.
Members of the public can watch the spectacle at a dedicated showground, which will also offer a variety of ground attractions and activities for adults and children.
These include children's rides, inflatables, trampolines and the Adhari Park fun fair.
Meanwhile, the website announces plans for a Heritage Village that highlights the culture and heritage of Bahrain, showcasing architectural models and demonstrations of local art and crafts.
Running alongside the event is a separate trade exhibition, with top names in the aviation industry taking part.
During the last air show in 2010, 40 companies, 94 aircraft and delegations from 25 countries took part - with deals worth approximately $1 billion (BD378 million) being signed. Companies taking part this year include Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Cessna, Bombardier, GE and Sikorsky.
The show sponsors include Gulf Air and Batelco, while BMW has signed up as official vehicle provider and EuroMotors and GPIC have come on board as gold sponsors.
Visitors to the show will be taken to the site in special shuttle buses, which will operate regularly from Bahrain International Circuit. – TradeArabia News Service