Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group marks 45th UAE Na­tional Day

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

More than 2000 staff, their fam­i­lies and friends have joined a street fes­ti­val at the home of Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group as part of UAE Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions. Eti­had Air­ways’ guests are also in for a spe­cial Na­tional Day treat with choco­lates be­ing handed out on flights leav­ing Abu Dhabi on 2 De­cem­ber. The Abu Dhabi Po­lice Mu­sic Band set the tone for a mar­quee event out­side the group’s Head Of­fice by play­ing the UAE na­tional an­them ahead of at­ten­dees en­joy­ing Emi­rati danc­ing, a UAE themed pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion and tra­di­tional Emi­rati cui­sine.

Hareb Al­muhairy, Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Cor­po­rate and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs, said: “As we near the 45th an­niver­sary of the UAE, it is a time to re­mem­ber the founders of the coun­try and to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the ‘Spirit of the Union’. This coun­try means so much in so many dif­fer­ent ways to its di­verse pop­u­la­tion.”

Al­muhairy added: “As the na­tional air­line of the UAE, Eti­had Air­ways has worked closely with the gov­ern­ment to help de­velop the coun­try into a hub for avi­a­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity, cul­ture and com­merce. UAE Na­tional Day is about cel­e­brat­ing these colos­sal achieve­ments and look­ing for­ward to the ex­cit­ing times ahead.”

Food trucks and stalls were set up to add to the fes­ti­val at­mo­sphere and Eti­had Air­ways Nurs­ery took care of a chil­dren’s play area with ac­tiv­i­ties and games through­out the day. The fes­ti­val also had a busi­ness com­po­nent where lo­cal busi­nesses were given the op­por­tu­nity to dis­play their prod­ucts and ser­vices - along­side The Abu Dhabi Busi­ness Women Coun­cil and other en­trepreneurs.

To pro­vide an his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive, Emi­rates Her­itage Club brought fal­cons, camels and horses to the event and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the UAE Gen­eral Women’s Union were present, as­sist­ing women to dis­play their home made per­fumes and wo­ven goods. Many of the Eti­had staff had recorded mes­sages for a “Thank You UAE” video, which was screened, in which peo­ple shared thoughts on what the coun­try means to them.

On 2 De­cem­ber, guests on more than 140 Eti­had Air­ways flights de­part­ing Abu Dhabi will be handed spe­cial Na­tional Day Patchi choco­lates in recog­ni­tion of the 45th an­niver­sary. On long-haul flights, the air­line’s Fly­ing Nan­nies will be on hand for face-paint­ing the UAE flag.

Guests in Busi­ness and First Class ar­riv­ing in Abu Dhabi on 2 De­cem­ber from GCC des­ti­na­tions can ex­pect a spe­cial gift box in­cor­po­rat­ing tra­di­tion­ally-in­spired per­fumes from Mohamed Hi­lal Group. Ded­i­cated Na­tional Day con­tent will also ap­pear in As­pire, the in-flight magazine for pre­mium guests. Ad­di­tion­ally, guests will be greeted by a Na­tional Day mes­sage on the in­flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem and will no­tice a Na­tional Day theme run­ning through the air­line’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

ABU DHABI: Left to right open­ing the UAE Na­tional Day street fes­ti­val at Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group are: Sul­tan Mohamed Al Mah­moud, Vice Pres­i­dent - Chair­man’s Pro­gram Man­age­ment Of­fice; Fatma Al Sahlawi, Head of UAE Na­tional Devel­op­ment; Ray Gam­mell, Group Chief Peo­ple & Per­for­mance Of­fi­cer; Ali Al Shamsi, Vice Pres­i­dent Emi­rati­sa­tion Strat­egy; Mo­ham­mad Al Bu­looki, Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial UAE & GCC; Hu­maid Ibrahim Ab­dulla, Head of Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions.

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