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EAG and Emirates Red Crescent support group travelling for Umrah as part of 'Year of Giving'

Posted 28 April 2017 · Add Comment

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has taken part in an exciting philanthropic collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent, to support a group of 15 travellers in experiencing the holy pilgrimage of Umrah.

Last week, nationals from Sudan, Yemen, Morocco, Bangladesh, Palestine, India and Pakistan were provided with flights and accommodation for the four-day trip to Saudi Arabia between April 15 – 19.

This initiative was part of the airline’s contribution to philanthropic activities, providing those from less privileged backgrounds with an opportunity to experience Umrah.

The group also visited significant historic sites during their trip. Umrah is a holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims and can be undertaken at any time of the year.

Khaled Al Mehairbi, senior vice president of Abu Dhabi Airport Operations and Chairman of the Sports and Social Committee at Etihad Airways, said: “Supporting this group for Umrah is just one of Etihad Airways’ opportunities to make a greater contribution to communities in the region, and is part of our commitment to support the Year of Giving. Over the years, we have supported many worthy causes, which will continue during 2017.

Rashed Mubarak Al Mansouri, deputy secretary-general for Local Affairs at Emirates Red Crescent, added: “We have enjoyed a long-term partnership in philanthropic and humanitarian work with Etihad Aviation Group. This latest initiative support the efforts of the UAE and Emirates Red Crescent in the Year of Giving.”

Al Manar Hajj & Umrah Travel Agency developed the Umrah package consisting of flights, visas, five-star hotel accommodation within Makkah and Madina as well as transportation between the two cities.

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