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In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies

Red Bull Air Race returns to Abu Dhabi for the 10th time in 2017, the Red Bull Air Race will kick off in style, offering fans the perfect racing destination with plenty to see, do and experience away from racetrack.

In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
Al Fursan performs during the Red Bull Air Race on February 11, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
A general view of race action during the Red Bull Air Race on February 10, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
In this handout provided by Red Bull, Pete McLeod of Canada performs during the qualifying day at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 10, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Red Bull via Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
In this handout provided by Red Bull, Cristian Bolton of Chile performs during the qualifying day at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 10, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Red Bull via Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
General view of action during the Red Bull Air Race on February 10, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
The 10th season-opener in the pilot-favourite location of Abu Dhabi is also the 75th race in the illustrious Red Bull Air Race World Championship's history. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
In this handout provided by Red Bull, Matthias Dolderer of Germany performs during the finals at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 11, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Red Bull via Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
In this handout provided by Red Bull, Francois Le Vot of France performs during the finals at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 11, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Red Bull via Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
In this handout provided by Red Bull, Martin Sonka the Czech Republic performs during the finals at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 11, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Red Bull via Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
Pete McLeod of Canada competes competes during the Red Bull Air Race on February 11, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
General view of action during the Red Bull Air Race on February 10, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
Defending Red Bull Air Race World Champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany (center) leads fellow pilots Nicolas Ivanoff of France (Left/ orange plane) and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic (blue) on a pre-race flight over the new 160,000-square-meter Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 6, 2017, ahead of the tenth consecutive season opener at the cityâs famed Corniche. (Red Bull via Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
In this handout provided by Red Bull, Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic (C), Juan Velarde of Spain (L) and Pete McLeod of Canada (R) celebrate during the Award Ceremony at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 11, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Red Bull via Getty Images)
In pictures: Red Bull Air Race take off in Abu Dhabi skies
In this handout provided by Red Bull, Defending Red Bull Air Race World Champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany White plane) leads fellow pilots Nicolas Ivanoff of France (orange) and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic (blue) on a pre-race flight over the new 160,000-square-meter Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 6, 2017, ahead of the tenth consecutive season opener at the cityâs famed Corniche. The race kicks off with Qualifying on Friday, 10 February, followed by Race Day on Saturday, 11 February 2017. (Red Bull via Getty Images)