Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, the Founding Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group, confirmed the sponsorship for the second consecutive year at a press conference, held at The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City on Tuesday.
Al Habtoor was joined by Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group; Lt. General Mohammad Halal Al Kaabi, Head of the Organizing Committee, Zayed Charity Marathon and Colonel Mohammad Ali Amer, General Coordinator, Zayed Charity Marathon, at the announcement.
Following the success of last year’s event, the Al Habtoor Group-backed event, also known as the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, will see thousands of people run through Central Park on Sunday April 9th 2017.
Speaking about the run that has now become an integral part of the New York sporting calendar, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor said: “I am proud to announce the Al Habtoor Group’s sponsorship of the Zayed Charity Marathon in New York in honour of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The event raises awareness for a good cause and honours the generous, caring spirit of the Founding Father of the UAE.”
Lt. General Mohammad Halal Al Kaabi, Head of the Organizing Committee, confirmed a delegation from the Zayed Charity Marathon will visit two hospitals in the United States: one in DC and one in Baltimore. He added that the Zayed Marathon had generated $150 million over the past 12 years.
Al Habtoor, who attended last year’s marathon, added: “This shows the giving spirit of the UAE. This year has been named the Year of Giving, however the Year of Giving is every year for the UAE.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the UAE in New York. Emirati-style majlises were set up in Central Park, and people from all over the world got a chance to experience Emirati hospitality.
“It was a lovely atmosphere for a great cause to honour a great man.”
Al Habtoor Group, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is one of the region’s largest and most respected conglomerates. Founded in 1970 by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, the Group has grown in unison with the UAE and today has a diverse portfolio of successful business operating in key sectors of the economy (hospitality, automotive, real estate, education and publishing). The AHG has an unwavering commitment to excellence, which is apparent throughout all its units.
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