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|14 March, 2019

Etihad Airways welcomes Ireland's minister for transport, tourism and sport to its Abu Dhabi headquarters

Delegation joined by Irish Special Olympics volunteers

Pictured outside Etihadrsquo;s Headquarters with Special Olympics Ireland volunteers are: (front row, from left to right)Anita Kelly, Embassy of Ireland UAE, H.E. Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE, Matt English,nbsp;Special Olympics Ireland, Chief Executive Officer, Shane Ross TD, Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robin Kamark,nbsp;Etihad Aviation Group, Chief Commercial Officer, Shane Clarke,nbsp;Director of Corporate Services, Policy Northern Ireland for Tourism Ireland, Brendan Whelan,nbsp;Chairman ofnbsp;Special Olympics Ireland, Aisling Mc Dermott, Tourism Ireland.

Pictured outside Etihad’s Headquarters with Special Olympics Ireland volunteers are: (front row, from left to right)Anita Kelly, Embassy of Ireland UAE, H.E. Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE, Matt English, Special Olympics Ireland, Chief Executive Officer, Shane Ross TD, Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group, Chief Commercial Officer, Shane Clarke, Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland for Tourism Ireland, Brendan Whelan, Chairman of Special Olympics Ireland, Aisling Mc Dermott, Tourism Ireland.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates- Etihad Airways, official airline partner of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, today welcomed the Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, to its Abu Dhabi Headquarters on the day of the official opening of the World Games in the capital city.

The Minister was joined by H.E Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE and senior representatives from both Special Olympics Ireland and Tourism Ireland. The delegation was welcomed by Etihad Aviation Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, Robin Kamark and other Etihad executives.

Earlier in the day, Etihad invited a group of volunteers from Special Olympics Ireland to a breakfast and special tour of the airline’s training facilities to thank them for their support and to wish the team well. The Special Olympics delegation was led by Brendan Whelan, Chairman of Special Olympics Ireland and Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland.

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Information on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will see more than 7,500 athletes from 190 countries compete, contributing to make it the largest sporting and humanitarian event of 2019. In addition to being held in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time, the event is expected to attract up to 500,000 spectators and will be the largest global event to ever be held in the UAE’s capital.                           

Taking place in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time, this year’s Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi are expected to attract up to 500,000 spectators and will be the largest global event ever to be held in the UAE.

Etihad Airways has flown in over 2,800 athletes, coaches, dignitaries, delegates, media and equipment for the event. 

For more information, please contact:

Duty Media Officer, Etihad Aviation Group

Tel: + 971 50 812 5796

Email: dutymediaofficer@etihad.ae 

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