Special Olympics Flame arrives at Etihad Rail station in Abu Dhabi
Etihad Rail organised a ceremony at its headquarters in Mirfa, in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi, to receive the Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games 2019, which are being hosted in the UAE from March 14th.
The event was attended by the CEO of Etihad Rail and the CEO of Etihad Rail DB, along with a number of employees of both companies.
Etihad Rail is proud to be one of the landmark projects on the Flame of Hope tour; as such a prestigious Olympic symbol represents the highest values of friendship, tolerance and peace, the national rail operator said in a statement.
“The UAE is sending out a message of tolerance and humanity to the world by hosting the events of the Special Olympics World Games, one of the most important and inclusive sporting events for people of determination,” the release added.
The choice of Etihad Rail’s operations headquarters as a part of the Flame of Hope tour reflects the importance of the project, a major national endeavour linking all of the emirates and connecting the UAE with the GCC to enhance national logistics capabilities.
A select group, called "Guardians of the Flame of Hope", are carrying the flame during its tour of various landmarks across the emirates, consisting of Special Olympics athletes and hundreds of police officers from around the world.
The Flame of Hope has now reached Abu Dhabi in preparation for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games 2019, which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi from 14th -21st March as the world's largest unified and inclusive sporting event.