Etihad Aviation Group marks 2018 as Year of Zayed

First of year-long initiatives is the Rohingya-focused charity campaign this month

Staff Report
15:37 January 3, 2018

Abu Dhabi: Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) will mark the entire year of 2018 as “Year of Zayed” and hold a series of activities and humanitarian initiatives throughout the year, the group said on Wednesday.

The aviation group’s offices and buildings around the world are now adorned with Shaikh Zayed’s inspiring quote: “The union is our ticket to power and prosperity.”

Etihad has launched a strategy based on the government’s four Year of Zayed pillars: wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development.

First of many year-long initiatives is the Rohingya-focused charity campaign this month supporting children and families fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh. This will include a welfare trip to Bangladesh where more than 3,000 refugees will receive winter clothes, blankets, tents, and solar lamps.

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2018 as the Year of Zayed, a nationwide initiative, which will highlight the UAE founding father’s unparalleled role in establishing the UAE federation, and his local, regional and international achievements as well as his values and principles.

Khalid Al Mehairbi, senior vice-president of Abu Dhabi International Airport and general manager of Etihad Airport Ground Services, said, “We are tremendously proud of the rapid growth of Abu Dhabi and the union. All people of the UAE are, and will always remain the most important element of our nation’s development. This was our father Shaikh Zayed’s main objective and vision.

“This year is a momentous one as we proudly honour his achievements and celebrate his legacy in Abu Dhabi and around the world.”

To celebrate the event, Etihad has released a short film titled ‘Running Boy’ to honour Shaikh Zayed’s legacy of human development in the UAE. The film follows a boy who runs through surroundings, which change through the years in celebration of the 46 years that have passed since the inception of the UAE.

Etihad will also pay tribute to Shaikh Zayed’s humanitarian spirit by planning initiatives focused on supporting societies and urban developments in many countries.

Inspired by Shaikh Zayed’s vision of the empowerment of youth, Etihad will support the establishment of libraries and skill development centres in a number of countries including Nepal, Morocco, the Philippines and India, and will continue driving its global education initiative by supporting the refurbishment of elementary schools on Samboja Island in Indonesia. Etihad’s global education campaign was launched in 2012 and has since helped more than 100,000 students around the world to continue their education.

A number of events to showcase values and tolerance are planned in the UAE this year, including an International Women’s Day celebration at Etihad’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, and marking International Tolerance Day in November.

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