Like before, it is now a tradition that Eithad Airways sponsors the Special Olympics Annual Gala dinner for the consecutive seventh year. This prestigious event is held to raise funds for Special Olympics Pakistan Team which will complete regional games in coming March in Abu Dhabi. Eithad airlines is also an official airlines for Special Olympics World Summer games 2019 which will held at the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi.
Diplomats, bureaucrats, cooperate heads and Eithad Airways representatives always joined hands together to raise funds for Special Olympics National Team. Amer Khan, Etihad Airways Vice President Central Region (Middle East, Levant, Central Asia, Africa & Pakistan) said: “At Etihad Airways, we are proud to associate ourselves with initiatives designed to elevate an individual’s desire to achieve. The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 provides us with the opportunity to support both a fantastic cause, and the many talented individuals representing Pakistan. We wish the team the best of luck in the Regional Games.”The Special Olympics is a global organization which serves athletes with the intellectual disabilities, working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year.
(Left – Right) Ahmad Zahoor, Etihad Airways General Manager Pakistan, Ronak Lakhani Chairperson Special Olympics of Pakistan (Sitara-e-Imtiaz), Amer N Khan, Etihad Airways Vice President – Central Region (Middle East, Levant, Central Asia, Africa & Pakistan)
Ronak Lakhani, the Chairperson of Special Olympics Pakistan, said: “What an exciting way to start the New Year. The generosity and philanthropy showed by all those who attended goes to show how Special Olympics Pakistan is making a positive impact in the community. SOP is committed to transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. We could not have done this without the support of Etihad Airways and we are looking forward to the competition in Abu Dhabi.”
Last year in 2017, Etihad Airways announced its place in the sponsorship arena for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi will become the first city in the Middle East to host this event after beating off competition from Vancouver and Munich.
Around 7,000 male and female athletes with disabilities representing 170 nations will compete between 14 and 21 March 2019. Football, swimming, basketball, athletics, cycling, golf and powerlifting are amongst the 22 disciplines which feature over the week of competition.
More than 20,000 overseas visitors are expected to join tens of thousands of spectators from across the UAE to watch what is likely to be the largest global event ever staged in the UAE capital.
Etihad Airways operates 39 flights weekly between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan through the main gateways of Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.