VisitBritain Proud to See Emiratis Carrying Olympic Torch

Thursday 12 April 2012

The greatly anticipated London 2012 Olympic Games ‘torch relay’ is set to kick off on 19 May, with UK government officials proud that select Emiratis will be taking part, according to VisitBritain officials.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its 70 day journey around the UK on Saturday May 19th taking in many of the UK’s cultural landmarks. Visiting over 1,000 cities, towns, and villages along its 8,000 mile route, the Olympic Flame aims to excite the UK and marks the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games upon its celebrated arrival at the Olympic Stadium on July 27th.

Chris Foy, Head of 2012 Olympic Unit, said: “One of the most iconic images in all of sport, the official torch lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be magical for all involved. That we have Emiratis, and other UAE residents of distinction, taking part in the torch relay makes that moment even more special, as the bond between the UK and the Emirates has grown so significantly in the 40 years since the country was created.”

Distinguished Emirati, Abdulla Al Gurg, has been confirmed as one of the Olympic Torchbearers in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games in England later this year.

On Thursday 26 July, just a day before the Olympic commences, UAE national Abdulla Al Gurg will be running as a torchbearer on a stretch of the journey in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.

The torch bearers include some who have fought serious illness, people who have gone above and beyond for their communities.

Other London 2012 torch bearers from the UAE include: Elham Qasimi, the first Arab woman to trek to the North Pole; Simran Vedvyas, Social campaigner and ‘Star’ student at school; Hassanain Anver, founder of an online UAE youth platform; Jalal bin Thaneya, a social advocate for children with special needs; and Robert Swift, a Marketing Manager from Etisalat.

For more information contact:

VisitBritain Media Team

pressandpr@visitbritain.com

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