At the forefront of our safe hot air balloon rides are our highly trained and experienced balloon pilots. Like any other vessel in aviation, hot air balloons are licenced, regulated aircrafts. Pilots must have substantial training and be highly competent to operate a balloon. Learning to fly a hot air balloon is no different from learning to fly a helicopter or an aeroplane. Pilots are required to spend many hours flying and taking exams to ensure that they’re professionally qualified to fly a balloon.

Routine maintenance checks, quality of the hot air balloon parts, the pilots’ experience flying in Dubai’s unique landscape and weather conditions, thorough safety briefings and ground crew support are some of the many factors we priorotise to ensure that we are one of the safest hot air balloon company in the world.This is what makes our safety standards so high:

This is what makes our safety standards so high:

Our Longstanding Experience

As the longest operating hot air balloon company in Dubai, no other company compares to our level of knowledge, expertise and experience with ballooning in the UAE. In 2005 we chartered the Dubai desert and since then we have flown more than 120,000 passengers.

Skilled Pilots

We have a team of Hot Air Balloon pilots from around the world with a collective experience of over 120 years of flying Hot Air Balloons. Our pilots were trained in Australia and Europe and have flown Hot Air Balloons on every continent. Our Chief Pilot Peter Kolar is quite possibly the most experienced Hot Air Balloon pilot in the world with 38 years of Hot Air Ballooning experience, close to 4000 flights under his belt and a world record holder. He has his German, Italian, New Zealand and United Arab Emirates commercial pilot licenses and contributes to the balloon industry further as an instructor.

The written exams cover a lot of the same material that’s examined for fixed-wing craft, like meteorology, navigation and aviation law. The pilots also need to be medically fit.  They have to undergo twice a year a very thorough medical examination conducted by an aviation specialist.

Safety Briefing

Before every Hot Air Balloon ride, the pilots conduct a safety briefing with all passengers. During the briefing the pilot will explain how to get in and out the balloon basket, the position for landing and other guidelines. With our experienced and confident pilots, you will always feel in very safe hands!

Safety belts

Our Chief Pilot, Peter Kollar has personally contributed to the design and manufacturing of the safety belts passengers are now required to wear during landing. Balloon Adventures Dubai became the first balloon company in the world to install passenger safety belts in all of their balloons. Many Hot Air Balloon companies (unfortunately not all), followed in these footsteps since.

Weather Experts

The safety of flying is dependent on the weather. Captain Peter often says: “80% of my piloting is getting the weather right!” We are one of the few ballooning companies in the world with our own weather stations which allows us to track any weather changes in real-time. This helps us to ensure safe weather conditions at all times as well as to make changes to our flight plan to avoid any “unpleasant surprises”.

Ground Staff

we also have a highly trained team of ground staff who assist with applying our safety procedures from the time of setting up the balloon, during take-off, flight and landing. Balloon Adventures Emirates LLC is licensed by the

General Civil Aviation Authority (Air Operator’s Certificate AT024) and all our balloons undergo a strict maintenance programme including regular inspections. We set the very high standards of Hot Air Balloon maintenance in the UAE.

While creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences is important to us, the safety of our passengers is our top priority. That’s why we make sure that we have unwavering high safety standards.

Did you know that aviation is the safest form of travel and Hot Air Ballooning is the safest form of aviation? Read more about this in our blog: Is Hot Air Ballooning Safe?

Is Hot Air Ballooning Safe?