03 Apr 2013 13:00
Washington society stepped out in style last night at an exclusive gala dinner co-hosted by the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States and Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE.
than 450 distinguished guests attended a glamorous gala dinner at the
prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, in the heart of the city, to celebrate
the launch of the airline’s new daily service linking Washington, D.C., and the
UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi.
Connick Jr. and his band provided a memorable performance by entertaining
guests with an exceptional display of musical talent and charm.
UAE Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, extended
a warm welcome to guests and said he was pleased the links between the two
countries were being strengthened with the new Etihad Airways’ service.
want to congratulate Etihad Airways on the launch of this new flight connecting
our two capitals, Washington, D.C. and Abu Dhabi. This flight is
a reflection of the strong ties between the UAE and the US and it will help
expand trade, enhance diplomacy, broaden cultural understanding, and deepen the
friendship that binds our countries and our communities closer together,”
Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said Etihad
Airways enjoyed a strong relationship with the United States through existing
daily flights to New York and Chicago and, by adding services to Washington,
D.C., was further strengthening those ties.
am pleased the demand for our services is growing and delighted that I have
this opportunity to celebrate your support for Etihad Airways, as we connect
the capital cities of Washington, D.C., and Abu Dhabi.”
the award-winning on-board dining amidst the elegance of the Mellon Auditorium,
Etihad Airways’ Executive Chef Thomas Ulherr led 11 of his classically-trained first
class in-flight chefs, flown in for the dinner, to conceive and prepare an
inspiring menu filled with exotic Arabian flavours.
Tantalising aromas of Middle Eastern spices,
herbs and truffle oil accompanied the dishes as they were served to guests,
with some of the world’s finest wines.
the airline employs over 100 chefs, many of whom have worked with the world’s
top celebrity chefs, including Marco Pierre White, Gary Rhodes and Anton
Mosimann, or at some of the world’s leading five and six-star restaurants and
establishments, including Ritz-Carlton, Burj Al Arab and Emirates Palace.