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Soaring in the Middle East / Gliders.

Old 11th Mar 2013, 11:24
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Aden Services Gliding Club had around 6 gliders in the 60's and have a nice facebook page with pics.
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 10:25
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Well, It looks like this Aden services gliding club doesn't exist anymore!
For Al Khor in Qatar, I saw on their website SINUS pipistrel pictures...
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Old 20th Jul 2015, 10:44
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Any Updates?

Hello,

Does anybody know of any updates to this thread. Have any soaring clubs opened since the last post?

Thanks,

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Old 20th Jul 2015, 16:03
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No, but there will be a gliding event at tne World Air Games in Dubai in December- hopefully it might be the catalyst to get a local movement happening.
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Old 21st Jul 2015, 05:59
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Originally Posted by Wizofoz View Post
No, but there will be a gliding event at tne World Air Games in Dubai in December- hopefully it might be the catalyst to get a local movement happening.
Don't count on it. From personal experience I can tell you that any attempt to own/operate light sport aircraft will be bogged down in a quicksand of bureaucracy dissimulation and stubborn unwillingness to help. You will be shelling out cash right left and centre long before your pride and joy leaves the ground.
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 08:13
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Hang Glider at Tabuk (KSA)

In the early 1980s a German ex pat at Tabuk managed to import a hang glider diguised as a tent. He used to fly from the higher hills off the Jordan road north of Tabuk. My Father in law had a few flights as well. It went well for a few weekends until security arrived, glider was confiscated, but was handed back when the German guy went on leave, they were concerned
that there was a temptation to fly booze in from Jordan/ Israel/Egypt.
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Old 18th Nov 2015, 08:54
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Imported Hang Glider

Well, I purchased and hang glider and it got delivered in Abu Dhabi in 2014. It was not disguised but it got cleared off customs in the category "Baloons and dirigibles...". I have been flying it for a while, check UAE Hang Gliding | ?fly like a bird for more.
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Old 18th May 2016, 18:22
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Any news?

Last post was last year; any news on Soaring in the UAE?
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Old 19th May 2016, 16:04
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well... Ohlmann and Tilo Holighaus were showing off a bit on the Marina during December 2015 (It felt so nice to see some gliders there).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ9OAxv8YJk

On another occasion I saw a (I believe it was) Stemme over the Marina/SkyDive Dubai during the last week of February 2016 (low ceilings and that machine was never loosing height... kept flying and flying)...
I believe that it is difficult to have them in Dubai as there are many constrains in the airspace...
I was dreaming that Fujeirah or DWC one day would open a GA/Glider club...
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Old 25th May 2016, 08:57
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I believe this vid is near Dubai from a world champ glider guider that I just happened across on you tube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRn07rM46sk
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Old 25th May 2016, 09:26
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Yeah- that was at the World Air Games- a rather silly, one off "glider efficiency challenge" as they couldn't get the airspace to do a proper cross-country soring event.
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Old 24th Feb 2018, 10:42
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Thanks for the info... I would try to convince some locals to form a gliding club there.... who knows! at least is a good way of training for the aviation schools there...


cheers,

AirGus
I am definitely up for gliding on the UAE and will be happy to help set it up. Maybe we could persuade skydive dubai to expand into gliding and set up launching facilities.
Let me know.
Chris
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Old 24th Feb 2018, 10:48
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Originally Posted by Alekcendres View Post
Well it's a beginning! Let's form a club/association, I'm sure we will find a lot of peolple intersted. Mainly, it's a story of contacts and money, only a team will succeed.

I think the best way to introduce it is to use motorglider, could be a good start (at least better than nothing).

Any one keen enough?!?
Yep sign me up. Regards. Chris
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Old 28th Mar 2021, 10:45
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Hello fellow glider pilots - any news since the last post? After the 2015 glider games that resembled CX soaring, I have been left wondering why no gliding activities have been taken up yet here.

Best,
Omar
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