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Mohammad was an inspiration to Emirati youth

Mohammad Al Kaabi, who died in the Oman crash, was the most enthusiastic man, friends recall in admiration

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:20 August 29, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Hassan Al Beloushi.
  • Mohammad Al Kaabi, 23, (left) who died in the horrific crash in Salalah.

Abu Dhabi: At the age of 21, as a pilot, promising Mohammad Al Kaabi was flying an Airbus-320, attracting the admiration of his friends.

“It was inspiring to watch an internal training video from Etihad in which Mohammad explains about flights.

“Many who watched that video say they cannot sleep at all after hearing about his death,” a friend said yesterday about Mohammad Al Kaabi, who died in a horrific road crash which also killed his father, brothers and four sisters in Oman on Monday.

Hassan Al Beloushi, a friend of Mohammad who tried out as a cadet with him, said he cannot believe such an enthusiastic young man is no more. “He was the most enthusiastic man I have ever seen.”

He admired Mohammad for his abilities and achievements. “He outsmarted me in 2007. He was one among the 20 who was selected out of 3,000 young Emiratis for the first batch of the Etihad cadet pilots programme.”

He excelled in 13-hour-long tests in physics, maths and calculus. He also did well in group assessment and psychometric tests.

That inspired Al Beloushi to try again and join the same programme later and become a captain of his batch.

There he met Mohammad’s elder brother Humaid Al Kaabi, 27, who was his classmate.

“Along with Humaid, I had more opportunities to experience the enthusiastic presence of Mohammad.” Al Beloushi said.

He was an asset to Etihad Airways and this nation.

“He could have contributed a lot in his profession.”

Through his brother Humaid Al Kaabi, the 40 cadets in the Etihad cadet pilot programme at Abu Dhabi University became close to Mohammad and his family, Al Beloushi said.

The Al Kaabi family treated their son’s friends as part of their own family.

During Ramadan, over the past two years, Saif Al Kaabi and his wife Mariam used to send food from their home in Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi to all the classmates, about 40, of their son Humaid.

“That love and consideration for us made us think that we were part of that family,” Al Beloushi said. “We are unable to believe that a tragedy like this has struck such a loving family,” he said.

The family were living in their Abu Dhabi home and spending weekends in Al Ain, from where they left for a holiday in Salalah, Oman.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 16:57 August 30, 2012

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAJIUOON. Our deep condolences to his family. May Allah (swt) forgiveness and blessed his soul in Jannat-ul-Firdous. May Allah (swt) allows his family sabar, Innal'allah ma-as-sabireen.

    SYED WASEEM, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:57 August 30, 2012

    "Who, when there falls on them a calamity says, 'Verily, we are Allah's and, verily, to him is our return.'"(Surah Al Baqarah, verse 156). It is indeed a very sad incident, whole family wiped off. May Allah have mercy on all of them and grant a high rank in jannah (aameen). The relatives would miss them forever. The lesson to learn here is this incident is a reminder about the uncertainty of life and we never know where it would end and how it would end. Are we prepared for the hereafter?

    Mustafa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:28 August 30, 2012

    It's really a tragic loss, to the whole family. Driving to Salalah should be avoided as its a very long drive, most part of the road is single carriage and people are drowsy when driving such long distance. No matter how experienced a driver you are, it just take a 100th of a second and one would not know what happened. People should try to fly or use Buses, which normally runs with 2 drivers. this is one of the safest ways to travel. Myself and my wife drove all the way and feels that this not really advisable to anyone visiting the toursit destination. Fly or use a bus rest is with Almighty about ones own safety and security.

    Ebrahim Al Mulla, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:38 August 30, 2012

    Assalamu walikum.. All of UAE..this is Salahuddin..i am really sorry to say we are lost Mohammad Al Kaabi who was a excellent perfect guy for Ethihad Airways, not only for ETHIHAD but also he is now inspiration of Emirati youth generation and i think we have to follow his excellent result where we can established our future for Nation. May Allah bless his Soul Inshallah.

    Salah Al Deen, Deira- Dubai, Bangladesh

  5. Added 09:50 August 30, 2012

    Its really very sad .. Its a great loss

    Syed Naveed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 09:33 August 30, 2012

    INNA LELLAHE WA INA ELAHE RAJEOON.... ALLAH BLESS HIS AND HIS FAMILY SOUL IT WAS VERY HARD MOMENT WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THIS FAMILY ACCIDENT ON MY BB FROM MY FRIEND, AND TEARS COME OUT FROM MY EYES AS MY I LOST SOMEONE AS A HUMAND BEING ITS VERY HARD TO LOOSE A MEMBER OF FAMILY BUT, IF ALL FAMILY ITS VERY HARD... I PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILY ALLAH GIVE THEM SABAR, INNALLAH MAA SABIRENN...

    RAEES KHAN PARACHA, AL AIN, United Arab Emirates

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