Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and official airline partner of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, is encouraging members of its Etihad Guest loyalty programme to donate their frequent flyer miles to help support athletes with intellectual disabilities attending the Games.
The cost to fund a single athlete’s participation in the World Games is approximately AED 25,000.
Generous donations from Etihad Guest members will go directly to helping athletes from all over the world to fulfil their ambitions of competing on a global stage.
Yasser Al Yousuf, Etihad Airways Vice President Commercial Partnerships, said: “Etihad’s valued partnership with Special Olympics World Games is a major element of our extensive global programme of social activities.
“We have a responsibility to support those of determination in realising their dreams and their true potential and we are continuously exploring new ways in which to play a more impactful role.
“Many of our guests have also expressed a keen interest in having the opportunity to make a difference. This donation programme will allow them to do just that, and we thank them for their generosity.”
Taking place in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time, this year’s Special Olympics World Games are expected to attract up to 500,000 spectators and will be the largest global event ever to be held in the UAE’s capital.
Bringing together more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is the largest sports and humanitarian event on the planet this year.
Etihad Airways will ferry athletes, equipment, coaches, dignitaries, and media to Abu Dhabi for the event. The athletes will be accompanied by 2,500 coaches and delegates.