Get ready for a spectacular display by Red arrows in Qatar on Sept 30
21 Sep 2017 - 13:13
By Irfan Bukhari / The Peninsula
Approximately after four years, the residents of Qatar will be able to watch thrilling displays of the United Kingdom’s world-renowned Royal Air Force team, Red Arrows, on September 30 in Doha.
This was disclosed by the British Embassy in Qatar on twitter.
“Are you looking forward to watch @rafredarrows spectacular display in Doha? 30 September is the day to remember. Don’t miss the excitement,” the embassy tweeted.
The UK embassy said that "the display will start at 4:30pm"
The Red Arrows are on a five week tour of the region, which will take them to around 8 countries.
The UK Ministry of Defence had earlier announced on “GOV.UK” that world renowned RAF Red Arrows (nicknamed The Reds) will tour Middle East (including Qatar).
RAF Red Arrows is one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams. Representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF, “the team is the public face of the service”.
The Red Arrows thrilled the residents of Qatar in November 2013 with precision formations and colourful smoke trails. At that time, a team comprising seven red BAE Systems Hawk aircraft had performed a series of precision formations and dynamic loops and rolls at the Doha Corniche.
Ministry of Defence UK on its twitter handle @DefenceHQ announced: “DefSec announces @rafredarrows visit to Gulf as a visible demonstration of UK engagement across the globe.”
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “This historic Red Arrows tour will be a visible demonstration of UK engagement across the globe, flying the flag to promote Britain in important capitals through the GREAT campaign.”
“The tour (of RAF Red Arrows) will highlight the partnership with the British Armed Forces in each nation visited, as well as demonstrating that the UK is ‘open for business’, committed to peace and security, and a leading player on the global stage,” the Ministry of Defence said.
The news of British aerobatic team’s tour to Qatar has caused excitement among people.
“I was part of the crowd which watched splendid display of aerobatics in 2013 from Doha Corniche and this time I hope there will be a far bigger crowd to enjoy the spectacular show of aerobatics in Qatar,” said Salauddin, an Indian expatriate.
The Ministry of Defence has further said that the Red Arrows tour will allow for further close cooperation with Kuwaiti and regional armed forces and promote opportunities for investment and trade with the UK, encourage government-to-government engagement to develop economic partnership, and showcase the excellence of STEM education with UK universities with displays in Qatar, Kuwait and Oman among other countries.
According to information shared on RAF website, since 1965, and by the end of the 2016 season, the Red Arrows had flown more than 4,800 displays in 57 countries worldwide.
They assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom and promote the best of British. Flying distinctive Hawk jets, the team is made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff with frontline, operational experience.