Emirates Airlines spectacle over The Sevens


Emirates A380 soars over the Sevens Stadium Image: Emirates Airlines

Emirates Airlines took to the skies on the afternoon of December 3rd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a spectacular flypast over the Emirates Dubai 7s stadium.

The ‘Emirates Airlines’ stated that thousands of rugby fans were treated with a low-level flypast above The Sevens stadium with the Emirates A380 emblazoned with the unique ‘United Arab Emirates 50’ design on both sides of the aircraft marking the Golden Anniversary of the UAE.

Emirates are the largest airline and one of the two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates. Based in Garhoud, Dubai, the airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is owned by the Government of Dubai’s Investment Corporation of Dubai.

The 40,000-capacity The Sevens is a purpose-built rugby sevens stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Sevens Stadium is a venue for rugby, soccer, Gaelic football, Australian football, netball, basketball, cricket, tennis, track and field events, and concerts.

The ‘Emirates Airlines’ further stated that taking off from the Dubai International Airport, the Emirates A380 made its approach above the stadium to wow the crowds for the flypast at 1540hrs, cruising by at a gentle speed and an altitude of just 500 feet. Commanding the Emirates A380 was UAE National Captain Mubarak Al Mheiri, supported by Captain Christopher Gauci and First Officer Tom Mayall.

The aircraft conducting the aerial flypast was adorned with the name of the ‘UAE’ and ‘50’, using dynamic lines and curves that illustrates the vibrant character of the nation, celebrating its achievements over the last five decades. The ‘Year of the Fiftieth’ logo is also represented in the overall livery design.

The flypast on December 3rd underscores the airline’s commitment to the longstanding Emirates Dubai 7s. The event took place last weekend, with the Emirates Dubai 7s welcoming over 80,000 fans and spectators to watch 22 of the world’s best teams compete, along with an array of other activities and matches happening in the periphery around rugby, cricket and netball, as well as the Emirates Dubai 7s Youth Sports Festival.

Emirates’ connection to the game of rugby goes back to 1987, when the airline became the Emirates Dubai 7s Official Sponsor. Since then, Emirates has helped elevate the profile of the sport of rugby in the UAE and around the world, working with partners like World Rugby and others to promote the sport and engage with rugby fans and players.

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