Dubai airport opens tribute exhibition to UAE Olympians
Dubai International Airport, together with British Council, the UAE National Olympics Committee and the UAE National Paralympics Committee, today unveiled a photographic exhibition by British artist Gabriella Sancisi celebrating the UAE’s top sportsmen and women most likely to represent their country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in July.
The exhibition was officially opened by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of Emirates Group, at an event attended by Guy Warrington, British Consul General to Dubai; Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths; Richard Cotton, country director British Council; and several of the Olympians featured in the photographs.
The exhibition contains a total of 24 portraits – 19 Para-Olympians and five Olympians including HH Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum – taken by Sancisi during a visit to the UAE last year. The larger than life portraits are displayed on 13 two-metre high structures with each photograph accompanied by a quotation by the athlete, allowing the viewer to share their aspirations.
In total, 18 Olympians were nominated by the UAE National Olympics Committee and 20 Para-Olympians by the UAE National Paralympics Committee, to represent the UAE at the Games.