Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been announced as one of the Founding members of the UAE Business Council in India, formed under the able leadership of H.E. Saed Mohammed Saed Al Muhairi, Charge de Affairs, Embassy of UAE.
The council was officially opened by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, on Thursday 3 September at a special ceremony in New Delhi.
The airline was represented by Hareb Al Muhairy, Senior Vice President Corporate and International Affairs; Abdul Qader Hussein Ahmed, Vice President Government and International Affairs, and Neerja Bhatia, Vice President India and the Indian Subcontinent.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “India is a crucial market not only for Etihad Airways but the UAE itself and therefore we welcomed the opportunity to become a founding member of the UAE Business Council in India.”
“Our strategic partnership with Jet Airways means both airlines are now carrying greater numbers of business and leisure travellers between the UAE and India and we look forward to using these ties as well as many more as we make a strong contribution to the UAE Business Council,” he added.
Etihad Airways is one of nine founding members of the UAE Business Council in India alongside First Gulf Bank; EMAAR; DP World; Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank; DNATA; NMC; Lulu Group and Borouge.
One of the key objectives of the organisation is to act as a catalyst for commercial entities to exchange ideas which in turn promotes economic synergy between the UAE and India.