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UK's Red Arrows to perform over Abu Dhabi on Thursday

The UK’s world-renowned Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is to perform a display over Abu Dhabi Corniche on Thursday.

The display at 4pm local time will last for about 24 minutes and will include breathtaking moves such as the “heart and spear” and “corkscrew”, news agency WAM reported.

The jets can move to within six feet of each other during the display and the pilots can experience up to 8G, it added.

The Red Arrows team, which includes nine display pilots and more than 100 support personnel and technicians, are in the UAE as part of their biggest overseas tour in a decade, which has seen visits to 17 countries.

Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Team Leader of the Red Arrows and known as Red 1, said: “The Corniche will provide a wonderful, beautiful location to stage a Red Arrows display in Abu Dhabi and the whole team is excited to have the opportunity to perform again in the UAE, where we are always have a great response. The event in Abu Dhabi is a tangible demonstration of the enduring, positive links between the UAE and the UK.

“The timing of the Abu Dhabi display is also a perfect prelude to a weekend of motorsport and a celebration of engineering excellence, speed and teamwork – qualities shared between aviation and Grand Prix racing.”

The Red Arrows will also display in Kuwait as the final stop of the visit before returning to RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, UK, where they are based.

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