Emirates Group will continue to be a leading organisation that will shape global aviation and further the UAE’s visions and aspirations, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
In an introduction to the airline group’s 2020-2021 annual report, which showed a loss of AED 22.1 billion ($6.02 billion), the group’s first loss for 30 years, the Dubai ruler said aviation is vital to the emirate’s vision to be a pivotal economic hub for the world.
“The Emirates Group actively contributes to Dubai’s economic success and is central to our future growth and prosperity. I am confident the Group will continue its role as a world-leading organisation shaping the future of global aviation, while also furthering the UAE’s vision and aspirations,” he said.
The statement also highlighted the UAE’s success in combating the virus and highlighted the Dubai aviation industry’s role in combating it globally.
“In many ways, the UAE has proved to be one of best prepared countries to deal with this pandemic,” he said. “Not only have we effectively safeguarded the health and wellbeing of citizens and residents, we have also weathered the economic impact of the crisis.
“The investments we made over the last few decades to create a world-leading infrastructure, thanks to the vision of our founding fathers, combined with our robust institutions and public services, have enabled us to counter the COVID-19 challenge.”
(Reporting by Imogen Lillywhite; editing by Seban Scaria)
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