Sulayem charity drive raises Dh375,000

DUBAI — About Dh375,000 was raised yesterday in a charity drive launched by UAE champion rally driver Mohammed bin Sulayem.

By Mary Nammour (Our staff reporter)

Published: Sun 25 Nov 2007, 9:25 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:40 AM

Five corporate sponsors paid Dh75,000 each for a thrilling ride with Bin Sulayem over a track built specially for the occasion in Al Mamzar area.

The funds raised from the drive will be distributed among different Dubai-based charities.

Bin Sulayem, President of the Emirates Automobile and Touring Club and 14-time Middle East champion, said that he was inspired by the Dubai Cares initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“I hope others will be inspired too and follow suit because the charity and humanitarian endeavours should be carried out on an ongoing basis. I am grateful to the sponsors for their support. Besides, it is exciting to get the chance to drive one of my favourite-ever rally cars again,” Bin Sulayem said.

The Emirati rally champion, who has not driven competitively since winning the Dubai International Rally for the 15th time five years ago, brought his Ford Escort World Rally Car out of retirement to raise money for UAE charities.

“I am looking forward to launch similar charity drives in other emirates as well. I hope more companies and individuals will be encouraged to be part of such events that combine thrill with a humanitarian cause,” Bin Sulayem added.

The charity drive was sponsored by Jebel Ali International Hotels, Mashreq Bank, Emarat, Tameer and Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Company.

The highlight of yesterday’s event was the participation of Brigadier Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director of the Dubai Civil Defence, and Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka’abi, Minister of Labour. Both sat as co-drivers with Bin Sulayem. The event also saw the participation of other rally champions who came to show their support to Bin Sulayem.

Dubai Municipality supported the charity drive by building the track for the event while the Dutco Group erected public stands for spectators.

Soon after the special drive, Bin Sulayem and the Emirates Automobile and Touring Club staff moved into the club’s brand new headquarters in Al Mamzar from where they will run next weekend’s 2007 Dubai International Rally, final round of this year’s FIA Middle East Championship.

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