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Emirates Group signs MoU with the UAE Armed Forces for national service deployment

Dubai, 21 December  2014: The Emirates Group has reinforced its commitment and support for the National Service programme recently launched by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the General Command of the Armed Forces and Emirates Group for cooperation to provide support for the National Service initiative.

The MoU was signed this morning by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and Staff Major General Pilot Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, President of the National Service. The signing took place at Emirates Group headquarters in Dubai.

His Highness remarked on how proud he was of the enthusiasm and commitment being shown by local youth for the National Service programme.

His Highness said: "We are pleased to play our part to support the National Service programme, which promotes the spirit of belonging and patriotism amongst the country's youth. It will also benefit them by developing their full capabilities to give them long-lasting skills for their future careers.  This in turn will positively impact the institutions in which they are employed after returning from their National Service duties.”

Major General Pilot Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan told His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum that the success of this programme stems from the contribution and support of the Group to its employees who are enrolled in the national service. All of the enrolments ultimately benefit the country, and he called on all government and private agencies to come together to actively implement the national service initiative.

According to the MOU agreement, Emirates staff will undergo their mandatory medical examinations in the Emirates clinic for the National Service programme, based on pre-agreed criteria. Emirates will then provide an electronic copy of the medical examinations results for employees required to join the National Service.

Emirates will also promote the National Service & Reserve Authority initiative at events and programmes throughout the UAE and through social media, in addition to participating in events organised by the National Service & Reserve Authority.

Emirates has also committed to create programmes and development plans to support outstanding graduates of the National Service programme. It will also provide needed the training and expertise necessary to support The National Service programme.

After the signing ceremony, Major General Pilot Shaikh Ahmad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan toured Emirates’ Network Control Centre as well as Cabin Crew and Pilot Departure facilities accompanied by a group of senior executives from Emirates Group including Adel Al Redha, Emirates Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Abdulaziz Al Ali, Executive Vice President Human Resources, Nasser bin Kharbash, Divisional Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Development, and Employee Services, and Amira Al Awadhi, Emirates Vice President National Recruitment and Development.