As the region’s largest independent helicopter flight training academy, HORIZON is instrumental in training pilots locally and internationally. We offer standard and bespoke rotary-wing training to leading commercial and defence operators . Working in close partnership with our clients, we deliver the training programmes you require to build skills in key areas.

With state-of-the-art facilities and a multinational team of experienced instructors, our training programmes are delivered to the highest standards of safety, quality and efficiency. They comply with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards and have earned UAE General Civil Aviation Authority approval.

In addition, we offer a number of aviation training programmes covering subjects as diverse as resource management and safety.

We constantly seek new and innovative training technologies and world-class partners to help us build pilot skills and enhance operational flexibility.

In continuing to set the benchmark for pilot training worldwide by guiding tomorrow’s aviators and upskilling today’s experienced pilots, we are developing more advanced courses, expanding our twin-engine helicopter training programmes, and bringing the latest high-tech simulators.


To set the benchmark of quality for rotary wing pilot training across the MENA region.

our Capabilities

Single and twin engine helicopter pilot training - basic and advanced

Specialised aviation training

Aviation English training

English proficiency pilot testing



Chief Executive Officer

Hareb Thani Hareb Al Dhaheri has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at HORIZON since 2011. A retired Brigadier and pilot with the UAE Armed Forces, he has amassed more than 30 years of experience in aviation and education. He started his career as a helicopter pilot in the UAE Armed Forces and went on to hold multiple senior positions in the military.

Al Dhaheri is deeply committed to leading the academy’s growth to cater to the region’s expanding aviation sector.

He has earned several military qualifications, including a Helicopter Pilot and Qualified Helicopter Instructor diplomas, and a Certificate in Management from the University of Leicester, UK. 


We live in an accelerating world. Characterised by uncharted frontiers, the future is empowered by advanced technology that is galvanising a new breed of players. At the edge of these frontiers exist no limits – where boundless opportunities await.

Transforming how we live, and ensuring a more secure future, is what we do. We are EDGE; and our mission is simple: to bring innovative technologies and services to market with greater speed and efficiency.

We will not only revolutionise the defence industry, but we will change its fundamentals. We are the vanguard of the next-generation, of a reimagined sector. We prioritise technology in a non-binary world and seek universal solutions. We work with everyone: big or small, start-up or established, local or global.

We are EDGE. We enable a secure future.