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London Olympics excitement in the air

The British Embassies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai marked the 100 days to go to the London Olympic Games in partnership with various local communities across the UAE.

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Published: Thu 19 Apr 2012, 9:19 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:27 PM

In Abu Dhabi, the British Ambassador Dominic Jermey, unveiled a mural on the wall at the embassy’s entrance picking up themes of the UK and the UAE together at the Olympics and based on a fusion of mini masterpieces by children from schools across Abu Dhabi. Those children had won ‘The Olympics Through Your Eyes’ competition for school students organised by the British Embassy in collaboration with the British Council and the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

The event was attended by the winning children, their parents and the liaison teacher from each school in addition to journalists, representatives of the British Business Groups and the British Embassy staff. Prizes with a connection to the 2012 games were presented to the children as a token of appreciation.

The British ambassador said he enjoyed what he saw when he unveiled the finished piece. “Nothing beats the creative imagination of children. I’m delighted that the British Embassy in the UAE will have a lasting reminder of what promises to be the greatest sporting event in the world.” In Ras Al Khaimah, a team from the British Embassy, Dubai, led by Mr Ian Gibbons, Deputy Consul-General, held a ground breaking ceremony for a new sports facility at Masafi Waterfalls House in Ras Al Khaimah. The event was attended by the owner of Masafi Waterfall House, Ali Al Mehrizi; Project Manager Muna Hareb, members of the local community. The regeneration of the central sports facility is in line with the embassy’s wider objective of using the spirit of the Olympics to bring communities together. The first phase of project is scheduled for completion on May 21.

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