Full throttle for Takatof volunteers at Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi: The 250 Takatof volunteers who will be at the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are all set and gearing up to go, Emirates Foundation’s Chief Programmes Officer Maytha Al Habsi announced.

Following weeks of planning and training, Takatof, the volunteering arm of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, has now announced the completion of its preparations for the 2012 Grand Prix.

For the fourth year in a row, 250 local men and women will play a vital role in the Grand Prix weekend, including meeting and greeting spectators at Yas Marina Circuit and ensuring the safety of the crowd during the race itself.

Volunteers have been put through their paces over a number of weeks, including dry runs at Yas Marina Circuit, lectures on how to handle a number of different possible scenarios, and workshops on key positions in the Grandstand.

The main duties of volunteers will be welcoming guests at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports, organising transport, escorting VIP visitors, guest support at the grandstands, supporting media representatives, welcoming participants at the parking centre in Al Shahama, facilitating guests’ trips by driving the Takatof courtesy cars inside the circuit and volunteering at Ferrari World.

Maytha Al Habsi said: “I am pleased to say we are going to provide a vital part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix machine – highly qualified local men and women who will have the eyes of the world watching them while they quietly go about their business of helping up to 50,000 people.

“Each volunteer will play a significant role in representing their own country this weekend, and I would personally like to thank them all for being part of the Takatof story” added Maytha.

As well as exposing volunteers to one of the most exciting and anticipated sporting events in the region, a global event that attracts thousands of fans from around the world every year, it will also help develop their interest and skills in motorsport, event management and public engagement.

Hasan Al Ali, a volunteer who will be in the Grandstand said: “After weeks of preparation, I’m excited the big day has arrived. We have trained hard for this weekend, and I’m looking forward to being part of the biggest sporting event in my country”.

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