29 Nov 2016 01:00
More than 2000 staff, their families and friends have joined a street festival at the home of Etihad Aviation Group as part of UAE National Day celebrations.
guests are also in for a special National Day treat with chocolates being
handed out on flights leaving Abu Dhabi on 2 December.
The Abu Dhabi Police
Music Band set the tone for a marquee event outside the group’s Head Office by playing
the UAE national anthem ahead of attendees enjoying Emirati dancing, a UAE
themed photographic exhibition and traditional Emirati cuisine.
Hareb Almuhairy, Etihad
Aviation Group’s Senior Vice President, Corporate and International Affairs,
said: “As we near the 45th anniversary of the UAE, it is a time to
remember the founders of the country and to draw inspiration from the ‘Spirit
of the Union’. This country means so much in so many different ways to its
Mr. Almuhairy added:
“As the national airline of the UAE, Etihad Airways has worked closely with the
government to help develop the country into a hub for aviation, hospitality,
culture and commerce. UAE National Day is about celebrating these colossal
achievements and looking forward to the exciting times ahead.”
Food trucks and
stalls were set up to add to the festival atmosphere and Etihad Airways Nursery
took care of a children’s play area with activities and games throughout the
The festival also had
a business component where local businesses were given the opportunity to
display their products and services – alongside The Abu Dhabi Business Women
Council and other entrepreneurs.
To provide an
historical perspective, Emirates Heritage Club brought falcons, camels and
horses to the event and representatives from the UAE General Women’s Union were
present, assisting women to display their home made perfumes and woven goods.
Many of the Etihad staff
had recorded messages for a “Thank You UAE” video, which was screened, in which
people shared thoughts on what the country means to them.
On 2 December, guests
on more than 140 Etihad Airways flights departing Abu Dhabi will be handed special
National Day Patchi chocolates in recognition of the 45th anniversary.
On long-haul flights, the airline’s Flying Nannies will be on hand for
face-painting the UAE flag.
Guests in Business
and First Class arriving in Abu Dhabi on 2 December from GCC destinations can
expect a special gift box incorporating traditionally-inspired perfumes from
Mohamed Hilal Group. Dedicated National Day content will also appear in Aspire,
the in-flight magazine for premium guests.
will be greeted by a National Day message on the inflight entertainment system and
will notice a National Day theme running through the airline’s social media