British Embassies in UAE celebrate 100 Days to go to London Olympics
WAM DUBAI: The British Embassies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai marked the 100 Days to go to the London Olympic Games in partnership with different local communities across the UAE.
In Abu Dhabi, the British Ambassador Dominic Jermey unveiled a mural on the wall by Embassy's entrance which picks up themes of the UK and the UAE together at the Olympics and is based on a fusion of mini masterpieces by children from schools across Abu Dhabi of varied ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Those children won "The Olympics Through Your Eyes" competition for school students which was organized by The British Embassy in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the British Council and Abu Dhabi Education Council.
The Embassy event was attended by the winning children, their parents and the liaison teacher from each school in addition to journalists, representatives of the British Business Groups and British Embassy staff. Prizes with a connection to 2012 games were presented to the children as a token of appreciation from the Embassy.
At the event, the British Ambassador Dominic Jermey said: "I really enjoyed having some of the children and artists present today when I unveiled the finished piece. Nothing beats the creative imagination of children. I'm delighted the British Embassy in the UAE will have a lasting reminder of what promises to be the greatest sporting event in the world." In Ras Al Khaimah, A team from the British Embassy Dubai led by Mr Ian Gibbons, Deputy Consul General held today the ground breaking ceremony for a new sports facility at Masafi Waterfalls House in Ras Al Khaimah. The event was attended by the owner of Masafi Waterfall House Ali Al Mehrizi, the Project Manager Muna Hareb, members of the local community in Ras Al Khaimah and Masafi town communities.
The regeneration of the central sports facility with improved amenities is in line with the Embassy's wider objective of using the spirit of the Olympics to bring communities together. It is hoped the new facilities will be regularly used by the Masafi residents and visitors alike. The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion on May 21st, 2012 At the ceremony Gibbons said: "This project in Masafi has brought together the efforts of the British Embassy Olympic Team' and the local community in Ras al Khaimah and is our contribution to the lasting legacy of the Games. I am sure it will result in more than just a useful community facility and help to cement our already strong relationship with the Northern Emirates of the UAE".
Mehrizi said: "The UAE is home to 195 nationalities that live in peace. I have been welcoming people at Masafi Waterfalls House for the past 30 years regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity and gender. We appreciate our partnership with the British Embassy Olympic Team in Dubai to elevate Masafi Waterfall House to the next level for the sake of the local community".