Saif Al Mansoori and Ahmed Hashim Khoury at the signing ceremony
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In line with its “Passion for Football” strategy, Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, confirmed its ongoing support to the Al Nasr Football Company, as the main sponsor of its various activities for the fifth consecutive year.
Emirates NBD’s support of the UAE’s oldest football club, also underlines the shared heritage of the two institutions at a time when the bank is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its establishment as the first UAE National bank in the country. Al Nasr Football Company’sproud 68-year history began in 1945, with many legendary international teams playing at its Dubai-based Al Maktoum Stadium over the years.
The sponsorship announcement also underlines the bank’s long standing support to the local community and youth development initiatives in the United Arab Emirates, where football holds a predominant position and has a massive following among all sporting activities.
“We at Emirates NBD share an endless passion for football with hundreds of thousands of fans across the United Arab Emirates,” said Saif Al Mansoori, Deputy Head – Group Marketing and Branding at Emirates NBD.“As a leading bank in the region, we have been actively involved in supporting sports activities that are of interest to the UAE community. We are therefore delighted once again, to be the main sponsor of the Al Nasr Football Company and look forward to a successful season ahead.” he added.
During the 2013 - 2014 season, which begins in September this year, fans of Al Nasr Football Company will witness a new level of interaction with their club. As part of the sponsorship, Emirates NBD will also support the club’s activities through its social media platform, offering a host of special offers and tickets to the home game through online competitions.
Additionally, the bank plans to launch initiatives to bring football to selected communities, schools and special needs organisations, where football enthusiasts can interact closely with football stars from the Al Nasr first team.
Speaking of the partnership, Ahmed Hashim Khoury, Vice Chairman of Al Nasr Club and Al Nasr Football Company, said: “As the oldest sports club in the UAE and part of its sporting heritage, Al Nasr Sports Club is delighted to be partnering with Emirates NBD for the fifth consecutive year. We are confident that our strategic partnership with the leading financial institution in the region will boost Al Nasr’s bid to be among the top three teams this football season and will strengthen our position as one of the most powerful football clubs in the UAE.”
Emirates NBD actively supports and encouragesmany popular sports activities around the world. The bank is closely involved with many major international sporting events, including the Dubai Indoor Football Championship, FINA World Swimming Championships, the Lawyers Polo, the Arabian Horse Racing Day in the UK and the Dubai World Cup - the richest horse race in the world. The bank also supports high-profile international golfing events, such asthe Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.