Dubai Airports’ National Identity Team, in conjunction with the broader airport community, organises events and participates in national initiatives to celebrate Emirati culture and history.
In 2015, the team celebrated the UAE’s 44th National Day with cultural displays and community events to inspire and educate employees, business partners and passengers in the rich history and heritage of the country.
Dubai Airports joined hundreds of organisations across the UAE on November 3 to observe Flag Day, in honour of the accession of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the UAE.
On November 30, Dubai Airports led the airport community to commemorate Martyr’s Day – an event that celebrates the lives of Emiratis that made the supreme sacrifice to ensure the security, stability and safety of the UAE.
Sport and arts
The highlight of the year in our ongoing efforts to support the local sporting community was the inaugural Dubai Airports Sevens Tournament. Teams from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Qatar, as well as Dubai Airports’ very own UAE Shaheen team, participated in the inaugural tournament, organised by the UAE Rugby Association.
The tournament is designed to provide emerging regional rugby teams with an opportunity to participate in international events and gain experience against sides with similar skills and fitness. It is the first Arab Rugby Sevens Tournament under the auspices of World Rugby, Asia Rugby and the newly established the Arab Rugby Federation (ARF).
We are proud supporters of Shaheen, the UAE Rugby’s Emirati development programme. Shaheen focuses on the 7-a-side game and offers a stepping stone for the 3,000 Emirati juniors in the schools’ player pathway programme to continually improve their skills and fitness levels.
Dubai Airports continued to be a prominent supporter of the Emirates Festival of Literature in 2015, sponsoring the event’s Emirati Strand for the fifth consecutive year. This sponsorship is in line with Dubai Airports’ commitment to promoting global cultural understanding through literature, as well as highlighting Emirati culture by providing a showcase for budding and established UAE national authors.