Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai

From left, Hamad bin Daylan, lead of Dubai Group; Adel Al-Redha, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Emirates; Shin Man Gil, executive director competitions division, AFC; and Saeed Khalifa Al-Mehairi, operations lead, LOC.
Updated 31 December 2018
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Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai

Emirates, the official airline partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, has flown the AFC Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The AFC Asian Cup trophy traveled from Tokyo, making a stop in Hong Kong and continuing on EK 383 before arriving in Dubai.

The AFC Asian Cup is the most prestigious national team event in Asia and one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world. It is being held on UAE soil for the first time since 1996. Emirates has been the official airline and partner of the AFC since 2002, and has sponsorship rights to all its tournaments, including the AFC Champions League, AFC Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, as well as a number of women’s and youth events. 

The airline, which also sponsors some of the world’s biggest sporting events and clubs, aims to connect with people with their love for sports, and in this case, through football during the tournament.

Adel Al-Redha, executive vice president and chief operations officer for Emirates, said: “We are delighted with our partnership with the AFC and the upcoming tournament will provide a great opportunity to connect with football fans in our home, the UAE, as well as audiences across Asia who are cheering on their national teams. We are keen to take a major role in connecting cities through our network and bring football fans to the event and experience the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in real-time. We also aim to further support the UAE’s status as a world-class sports hub and a center for international sporting events.”

The AFC Asian Cup trophy has been specially designed by world-renowned silversmiths. The trophy, which was unveiled at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Final Draw in Dubai in May, is inspired by the lotus flower, which symbolizes peace throughout Asia, and the five petals represent the five regional associations under the AFC. Emirates operates an extensive network in Asia, and flies to 16 of the 24 participating countries in the AFC Asian Cup. 

During the tournament, Emirates will receive brand visibility at each match, advertising opportunities across televised matches, in addition to in-game promotions, exclusive “money can’t buy” opportunities for fans, ticketing and hospitality rights. Additionally, Emirates will benefit from digital and social media activation rights on AFC’s platforms, and will also lead the trophy presentation during the final match in February 2019.


Millennium MEA confirms rights to Makkah hotel

The five-star Makkah Millennium Hotel is the closest hotel to the Holy Mosque, located by the Holy Haram Piazza in front of King Fahd Gate.
Updated 16 June 2019
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Millennium MEA confirms rights to Makkah hotel

Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa (MEA), a hotel management company in the region, has addressed its guests with deep regrets for the inconvenience they might have encountered during their stay at Makkah Millennium Hotel and Towers.
“It is with regret that Millennium and Copthorne had announced that on June 13, 2019 the owner of Makkah Millennium Hotel and Towers had unlawfully, and in contrary to the terms of the operating and management agreement, interfered with the exclusive rights of Millennium in the management and operation of the hotel and towers,” the company said in a press release.
“Millennium disagrees with the owner’s acts and had commenced proceedings to remove this interference and confirm Millennium’s exclusive rights to manage and operate the hotel and towers without interference from the owner or others.
“Millennium regrets any inconvenience this situation has caused or may continue to cause to its guests.”
The company said it is pursuing all available legal courses of action inside the Kingdom, and is confident of the Saudi judiciary system in the protection of rights and imposing of justice.
Operating 4,067 keys in the Kingdom, Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA has affirmed its commitment to the Saudi market and pledged to continue its efforts toward tourism, travel and hospitality sectors in Saudi Arabia to achieve the goals of Vision 2030 and beyond.
Millennium Hotels & Resorts is a global hotel company, which was founded in 1989, on the vision of its chairman, Kwek Leng Beng, who leads Singapore’s Hong Leong Group. With almost 40,000 rooms worldwide, the company currently operates 40 hotels, has 14 hotels due to open this year and 35 hotels in the pipeline across the region.
The five-star Makkah Millennium Hotel is the closest hotel to the Holy Mosque, located by the Holy Haram Piazza in front of King Fahd Gate.
The luxury hotel features direct views of the Grand Mosque and the Holy Kaaba. The hotel has five restaurants, namely, Jasmin Café, Al-Fayhaa Restaurant, Al-Andalus Restaurant, Al-Noor Restaurant and Lagenda Restaurant.
Makkah Millennium Hotel is located close to many main attractions in the city, including important Islamic holy sites that are less than five miles away. Zamzam well, Jabal Al-Nour, Cave of Hira and the Makkah museum are some of the nearby landmarks, while other areas of interest close by include a large shopping mall, supermarket, and a variety of international restaurants and lounges.