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United Arab Emirates First VIP Helicopter Service

Heli Dubai, established by the Government of Dubai, was launched officially in Dubai and the UAE during the Arabian Travel Market held during the first week of May 2005 at the World Trade Centre Exhibition Arena in Dubai.

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Commander of UAE Armed Forces, established Heli Dubai in 2004 to provide a new standard of helicopter services both in Dubai and the UAE. Heli Dubai has further plans for expansion into the regional and global market, both onshore and offshore, in line with the policy of the Government of Dubai to be a centre of excellence for all aspects of the aviation industry.

Heli Dubai operates a mixed fleet of Agusta 109E Power Helicopters and Agusta Bell 412 helicopters.

The flagship aircraft is the Agusta 109E Power. This helicopter is configured as a five passenger, fast (maximum speed is 168 knots or 312 km-per-hour), VIP corporate transport aircraft. It offers a full leather interior, air-conditioning, a quiet cabin, and twin-engine safety in the most powerful helicopter of its class in the world. At present Heli Dubai has two of these aircraft operational with two more of the stretched version, known as the Grande, on order for delivery in 2006.

Heli Dubai has been recognised for the level of safety and comfort it offers by being the official aviation service partner for the Jumeirah International group. Heli Dubai is the only civil operator allowed to conduct public transport operations to the Burj Al Arab using the Agusta 109 helicopter.

The AB412’s are undergoing a complete re-design of the main passenger cabin from 9 basic seats to an all business class configuration in a quiet cabin, with 8 forward facing seats, providing increased leg room for greater comfort and improved passenger viewing. Provision has also been made for in-flight refreshments. The AB 412 maximum speed is 145 knots or 267 km-per-hour. The first helicopter will be available for charter in September for the winter season.

The second AB 412 will be available at the end of the year and Heli Dubai is also in negotiation for the acquisition of at least two other light and medium twin-engine helicopter types which will allow greater mission flexibility.

Heli Dubai offers airport to airport, hotel to hotel and tailored packages.

Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, has set a new standard in luxury hotel transfers, by introducing a dedicated helicopter airport transfer service for guests wishing to experience the arrival at Dubai’s landmark hotel from new heights.

In priding itself on being a leader in the industry, Burj Al Arab is delighted to introduce a dedicated helicopter airport transfer service to and from the Dubai International Airport, made possible through a joint venture with Heli Dubai. The new airport transfer service was introduced on the 15th December 2004 with a second helicopter scheduled for charter service taking in Dubai’s main tourist attractions at the end of January 2005.

On arrival to Dubai, guests will be greeted and escorted through immigration by a Jumeirah International airport representative to the VIP lounge, where they will receive refreshments before boarding the helicopter. On arrival at Burj Al Arab’s helipad located on the 28th floor, guests will enjoy the ultimate Arabian welcome, before being greeted by their private butler to continue their Burj Al Arab experience.

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