When you are on a balloon you can do nothing, just imitate Katie Scarlett O’Hara: Gone with the Wind! There are no commands of direction, the pilot can decide the altitude only. The passengers’ safety is our first priority, where each fligh is custom tailored and planned carefully. We anticipate and determine the direction of travel, however it’s also nice to be improvised according to the condition. Can you think of anything else more romantic and adventurous than this?
The hot air balloon works according to Archimedes' principle; the heated air inside the balloon gets lighter than the surrounding air. We never use any of light and/or imfalammable gas (helium or hydrogen)
We recommend our passengers to wear flat and comfortable shoes (trekking or sport shoes are recommended where we have to walk for a short distance on the sand). Shoes with high heels are not allowed on board. Wearing layers of clothes will be more comfortable, it is often quite cool early morning. If possible, wear a hat or a cap for the radiant heat of the balloon burners. The weather temperature is almost equal to ground temperature during your flight. Please try to choose suitable clothes for a walk in the country which you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
Flight duration varies between 60 and 90 minutes according to your package preference. Depending on weather conditions and suitability of landing sites your ballooning experience may last between 4 hours and 4 hours 30 minutes in total.
We fly early in the morning just after dawn. The mid-day weather temperature may create turbulences which may disrupt the flight
We usually land very softly, Very rarely the wind may pick the balloon up on landing, there meight be a bump and the basket may drag on the landing site untill it comes to a halt.
Children taller than 120 cm. can fly, the shorter will not be able to see out of the basket. Certainly, they must be accompanied by their parents
We fly at at an altitude of 3,000 ft maximum. to watch and enjoy the sunrise, then while descending and flying thru the dunes we will get the pleasure of flying like a butterfly do.
Balloons are registered like any other aircraft and are subject to regular airworthiness checks. The FAA will not allow a balloon to be certified as airworthy unless these inspections and checks are done by authorized maintenance personnel and certified by them. All pilots are certified by FAA & GCAA, 2000 hours of flight experience and have to pass regular flight checks.
The hot-air balloon is not a complex machine, therefore little prone to failures. Every year our pilots must pass some tests which prove their ability: risks are reduced to a minimum. A careful flight preparation including the study of weather conditions is our standard practice and represents a further guarantee for your peace of mind.
Direction of the wind determines the landing site. The balloon is followed by a vehicle and the crew. They are constantly in contact with the balloon pilot via radio and should be at the landing site at the same time with the balloon. Once the balloon is packed away (and the ceremonies are completed) the shuttle will take you back to your hotel.
Everybody can fly, for safety reasons, pregnant women, heart patients and people with respiratory diseases are not allowed to fly. We also do not recommend the passengers suffering from osteoporosis to fly, During landing, in necessity we may need to squat and soften the contact of the basket with the ground. The passengers who can not keep crouched position are recommended to consult their doctor.
The “ballooning season” is approximately from October to May with annual variations. Weather in UAE can be tricky and unpredictable, especially in early spring; but the months of the winter are regularly good for ballooning. Winter flights can be stunning, with crystal clear views of desert dunes, mountains on the south-east and the skyline of Dubai on the north-west side.
We carefully plan our flights following the weather forecast in detail. Due to bad weather conditions, the flight can be cancelled, even few hours before the scheduled take-off.
The weather temperature is almost equal to ground temperature during your flight.