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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. 

Etihad Airways’ 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 diverse population.”

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 day.

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.

Additionally, 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 channels.

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