A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, FACT takes to the air with Seawings Seaplane Tours for a spectacular aerial tour of Abu Dhabi in one of their Cessna Caravan Amphibious aircraft… it was a sight for sore eyes!
Seawings is fast becoming the word in adventure and luxury sightseeing in the UAE. Originally plying their trade from the jetty at Dubai Creek Golf Club, taking tourists up on breathtaking aerial tours of Dubai, Seawings now flies the length and breadth of the Emirates, from Sir Bani Yas to Ras Al Khaimah and all the stunning landscape in between.
“Seawings was founded in Dubai in 2007 by the company’s CEO, Stuart Wheeler,” explains Seawings’ Marketing Manager, Darren Brews. “He saw a potential for a new and unique way to showcase Dubai and its incredible progress from the air.” The company currently operates three Cessna Caravan 208 Amphibious aircraft. They can operate on both land and water, making them highly versatile, with each aircraft seating up to nine passengers and one pilot.
A trip on one of Seawings’ light passenger aircrafts is very far removed from the cosseted luxury of a big jetliner. The roar of the turbo-prop engines and the white spray of the water as you barrel down Yas Marina’s yacht channel for take-off is an all-encompassing sensation. Once airborne, you feel every wind, breeze and air current in this light aircraft, making for a truly exhilarating experience.
However, it is the spectacular aerial views of the mangroves, coves, islets, landmarks and city skylines that will dominate your memories of the flight. Cruising above the city and coastline at a height of only a couple of thousand feet, there are few ways more breathtaking to take in the incredible skyline of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, with impressive structures like Etihad towers and Emirates Palace,or the amazing spectacle of Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World, than from the air.
Once Airborne, you feel every wind, breeze and air current in this light aircraft, making for a truly exhilarating experience.
Seawings recently expanded their operations from simple sightseeing tours to all-inclusive adventure trips to remote islands and luxury resorts. “In 2014 we launched Seawings Lifestyle, offering a luxury concierge service to our guests using the seaplane as a fulcrum,” Darren says. “Through Seawings Lifestyle we have partnered with the best tours, excursions and activities in the UAE with a goal to build customised packages for our guests. Some of the packages include wildlife drives, yacht charters, spa treatments, fine dining, golf, city tours and more. Recently we also opened travel desks in some of Dubai’s most prestigious hotels, through which we hope to offer a level of service and quality that exceeds the expectations of travellers to the UAE.” The company’s success is self-evident. They have seen a steady increase in passenger numbers year after year since 2007, flying over 20,000 passengers from around the world in 2014!
This is a truly unique and breathtaking way to take in all that Abu Dhabi and the Emirates offers for visitors, residents and locals, alike. We’d highly recommend arranging a trip up into the clouds with Seawings – you won’t regret it.
GO: Book the Abu Dhabi ‘Scenic’ or ‘Aerial’ tour with Seawings today.
Visit www.seawings.ae or call (0)4 807 0708 for more information.