Etihad Airways-Rashid Centre sign MoU

DUBAI: Etihad Airways and the Rashid Centre for the Disabled have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide cooperation and support for a number of services being provided by the Centre for children with special needs.

The MoU was signed by Hareb Mubarak Al Muhairi, VP Sales U.A.E., Etihad Airways and Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Acting Chairman of the Rashid Centre for the Disabled, in the presence of Maryam Othman, Director-General of the Rashid Centre and Mohammad Al Hakim, Business Development Manager, Etihad Airways.

The agreement is part of the long-term support from Etihad Airways to provide a number of initiatives to benefit children and patrons of the Rashid Centre.

Through this partnership, students with special needs from the Rashid Centre will be provided with free tickets for overseas participation in different events in the MENA region and other destinations. A group of children will also be provided with tickets to perform Umrah this year, while during the annual event of the centre’s Stars Auction, free tickets will be provided to 15 artists from the Arab World and Bollywood to take part in the charity event to be held in Dubai in October.

The Rashid Centre will provide all support as a strategic sponsor during the number of events in Dubai International Art Symposium, the 20th anniversary of the Rashid Centre in April as well as other regular activities to be attended by children with special needs from the Rashid Centre.

Hareb Mubarak Al Muhairy, VP Sales U.A.E., Etihad Airways, commented, “We are delighted to sign this agreement with the Rashid Centre for the Disabled and extend our support in a number of initiatives throughout the year of 2014. It is our social responsibility from the platform of Etihad Airways to provide maximum support to children with special needs.” Juma Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Acting Chairman, Rashid Centre for the Disabled, said, “It is a great privilege for the Centre to be associated with the country’s top brand and we are sure that this agreement will not only bring smiles to the faces of our children but through this agreement, these children will have chances to showcase their skills outside the country and receive appreciation.”