29 November 2012
DUBAI, U.A.E., 29th November 2012: The Emirates Group celebrated the UAE’s 41st National Day through a range of activities at its headquarters in Dubai. His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, planted a ‘Union Tree’ commemorating the formation of the United Arab Emirates in front of the Emirates Group headquarters. The tree was planted in line with ‘The Union Tree Initiative’ spearheaded by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai., The Initiative has seen tens of thousands of trees being planted across the nation since being launched on November 15 as part of the National Day celebrations.
In addition, Emirates staff took part in the celebration at a specially-built Emirati heritage corner constructed for the event and staff saw demonstrations of traditional crafts, Bedouin life and sampled traditional Emirati cuisine. The seven story atrium of the building was adorned with UAE flags and banners and Emirates employees wore scarves bearing the flags of the state and the national anthem.
"The celebrations we have seen today demonstrate our pride and loyalty towards the state and we are pleased to see our employees who belong to hundreds of different nationalities from around the world gather today to celebrate the National Day; honouring the UAE which has become their home and adopted country,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum plants the Union tree at the Emirates headquarters
The tree planting event was witnessed by a number of senior Emirates Airline and dnata officials including: Ali Mubarak al Soori, Executive Vice President Chairman’s Office, Facilities and Project Management; Ismail Ali Albanna, Executive Vice President dnata; Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President Revenue Optimisation and Distribution; Adnan Kazim, Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research; Mohammed Al Khaja Senior Vice President Crew Operations and Contingency Planning; Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West Asia and Indian Ocean; and Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Far East and Australasia.