posted on 20/05/2012: 924 views
Pre-Olympic fever hit Dubai International Airport yesterday with the unveiling of a gallery of portraits of the UAE men and women likely to take part.
The exhibition, organised by the British Council in collaboration with the UAE National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, features portraits of 19 paralympians and five Olympians. Among them is HH Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is in the UAE shooting squad and HH Sheikh Majid Bin Abdullah Al Qasimi who will take part in the equestrian.
After opening the exhibition in Dubai International's departures hall. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: "This exhibition is a great tribute to the men and women who will carry the hopes of a nation when they represent the UAE at the Olympics and Paralympics later this year. Representing your country on the world stage is not only a great honour but a huge responsibility.”
Guy Warrington, British Consul General in Dubai, is looking forward to the Olympic football match between the UAE and Great Britain.
He added: "The UK is buzzing with excitement as it prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer and this event is a wonderful prelude to that. I wish the UAE athletes the very best of luck in London.”
The portraits, taken by British artist Gabriella Sancisi, will be on display until July 31.
Meanwhile OSN, the Pay TV network, has announced it will screen more than 225 hours of Games coverage daily on 13 channels across multiple media platforms, including a 24/7 Olympic news channel. – 7Days
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