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Entries now open for the 15th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2020

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Teams and drivers can now register to compete at the 15th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI, the major international endurance race for GTs, touring cars and 24H SERIES silhouette machines that is scheduled to take place on 9-10-11 January 2020.

First run in 2006 at the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates, the 24-hour event was the original official endurance race organised by CREVENTIC, and quickly established itself as a trendsetter. So successful was the 2006 running in fact that the Hankook 24H DUBAI remains among the most popular and celebrated motor racing events in the UAE every year, with grid sizes often nosing above 80-strong for the 24H SERIES headliner.

The Hankook 24H DUBAI: a brief history

In the 14 events to-date, 49 drivers representing 10 different teams have claimed outright victory, while upwards of 30 different global manufacturers have been represented on the grid. So unpredictable is the competition, only nine drivers have taken repeat overall victories at an event that has seen luminaries like Formula 1 alumni Robert Kubica, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jan Magnussen and Mika Salo, former World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff, former Le Mans winners Brendon Hartley and Hans Stuck, and even Mercedes-AMG F1 team principal Toto Wolff compete, and occasionally win. History could once again be written during 24 unbroken hours of running on 10-11 January in 2020.

Gerrie Willems on the importance of the Hankook 24H DUBAI after 15 years on the calendar: “It is incredible to see just how the 24H DUBAI have evolved into one of the major endurance races on the sporting calendar. While we were smiled at for having the idea to host a 24-hour race in Dubai back when we first made plans in 2005, we couldn’t have imagined the importance the race would have 15 years later, in 2020. We can be proud of what we have built and achieved over the last one-and-a-half decades and thankful for anyone involved in making the 24H DUBAI happen and growing them to nowadays size and value.”

Full Coverage

Full coverage of the 15th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI will be broadcast via live stream with commentary from radiolemans.com on the official 24H SERIES YouTube channel. Continuing tradition, next year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI will open the 2020 24H SERIES’ Championship of the Continents on 9-10-11 January, as has been the case since the trans-continental title chase was first inaugurated for 2017.

Competing in, and enjoying, Dubai

First opened in 2004, the Dubai Autodrome is among the region’s most respected racing facilities, featuring as it does wide run-off areas, six different track configurations, and safety standards befitting an FIA Grade 1-licenced circuit. In the past, the circuit has welcomed series as disparate as A1GP – the ‘world cup of motorsport’ – GP2 Asia, the FIA GT Championship, and European Touring Cars. Based a stones throw from the Arabian desert, and in temperatures that regularly exceed 22°C (in winter), the self-styled ‘heart of UAE motorsport’ is located just a few clicks from one of the most vibrant metropolises in the world. During their leisure time in Dubai, competitors and their families can witness first-hand the tallest building in the world, the world’s largest choreographed fountain system, and ‘the most luxurious hotel in the world’, the Burj Al Arab, among many other landmarks.

Set to be the first 24-hour endurance race of the New Year anywhere in the world once again in 2020, the Hankook 24H DUBAI is oft-lauded for not only its relaxed, family-like atmosphere in the paddock – open to fans and competitors alike throughout the extended weekend in early January – but the level of competition across mixed categories. In 2019, nearly 80 cars and more than 350 drivers competed across nine different categories welcoming GT3-spec machines, ‘Special Prototype’ SPX silhouettes, TCR cars, recently homologated GT4 cars, and Porsche 991 Cup cars of varying generations.

To further distinguish the Hankook 24H DUBAI from ‘any other’ 24-hour motorsport event, the outright winners of both the GT and TCE divisions on Saturday 11 January will take a camel ride through the Autodrome pit lane to the podium. It’s a moment that’s truly not to be missed.

“The traditional camel ride is what sets the 24H DUBAI on a different level than any other endurance race. I am certain being the one who rides the camel towards the podium, to receive the winners’ trophy of the 24H DUBAI is something you can find on many peoples’ bucket list”, says Gerrie Willems of CREVENTIC.

The return of the TCR MIDDLE EAST SERIES

Plans are also advancing to bring the TCR Middle East Series back for its fourth consecutive season in 2020. Last year, CREVENTIC added to its already extensive portfolio when it became the official promoter of the TCR Middle East Series, organising three events across consecutive weekends at the Dubai Autodrome and the Yas Marina Circuit.

Discussions are underway for the opening weekend of the 2020 TCR Middle East Series to take place on 9-10 January at the Dubai Autodrome, and thus become the principal support series for the Hankook 24H DUBAI. Just one week later, and subject to final confirmation, round two could take competitors to Abu Dhabi and the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009. The season finale meanwhile could see a tie-up with TCR Asia, as teams and drivers travel to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for 8-9 February.

Further details regarding the 2020 Hankook 24H DUBAI and registration for the event can be found at 24hseries.com/teams. Updates regarding the 2020 TCR Middle East Series can also be found online at middleeast.tcr-series.com. CREVENTIC’s experienced and multi-versed team is also available via +31 485 471 166 and teams@creventic.com.

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2019 IWWF WORLD WAKEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN ABU DHABI

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Riders will compete for world titles in ten age-group categories as ADIMSC opens wakeboard academy

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s (IWWF) Executive Board has approved the bid for the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi.

The event will be organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) from 19th to 23rd November 2019.

Riders will compete for IWWF World titles in ten age-group categories for both men and women (14 & Under, 18 & Under, 30 & Over, 40 & Over and Open) and the team overall title.  The event will offer a USD50,000.00 cash purse to riders competing in the Open Men’s & Women’s category.

Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of ADIMSC, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championship. This is perfectly timed to coincide with the opening of the Abu Dhabi Marine Wakeboard Academy at the start of the 2019 event season.

“Working closely with the IWWF we will create a Centre of Excellence in Abu Dhabi for towed water sports – an Academy where people at all levels of ability will be able to learn new skills, improve their existing skills and further develop their knowledge and understanding of the sport.

“Being able to watch, and engage, with the world’s top riders will allow the Academy and our students to learn and further develop our knowledge.”

Jose Antonio Perez Priego, President of IWWF, said: “We are very excited to be running our first IWWF World titled event in Abu Dhabi and believe ADIMSC will organise one of the very best events we have experienced. We look forward to a long-term partnership with ADIMSC to develop towed water sports not only in Abu Dhabi but also in the entire UAE.”

ADIMSC offers a superb venue for spectacular marine sport action between its base on the Breakwater and the Corniche in the UAE capital. Since 1993 the club has provided a strong organisational base for a wide range of marine sports events and activities which have added to Abu Dhabi’s status as a world-class sporting destination.

The club is one of the Middle East’s leading venues for marine sports events at local, national, regional and international level, having hosted rounds of the UIM F1 H20 World Championship, the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and the XCAT World Series.

Across its full range of marine sports activities, ADIMSC places a major emphasis on attracting and nurturing young local talent for the chance to compete on the international stage. With support from the IWWF, the club ran its first grassroots wakeboard events in October 2017 and has not looked back since, staging an average of three domestic events a year and now making the big step up to host the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships.

It plans to launch a wakeboard academy in September this year, in addition to its powerboat, jet skiing and fly board academies.  The IWWF will be supporting the club by running coaching and technical officials’ training for its crew.

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AL TAYER CLINCHES FIRST GRAND PRIX VICTORY IN PORTUGAL

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Reigning world freestyle champion Al Mulla completes double triumph for Team Abu Dhabi with seventh successive win

Rashed Al Tayer capped a superb double triumph for Team Abu Dhabi in the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship by recording his first Grand Prix victory in Portugal.

The Emirati fought off a fierce challenge from reigning Runabout GP1 world champion Jeremy Perez to win the deciding moto in dramatic style and claim overall success in this season’s opening Grand Prix in Portimao.

Adding to the celebrations for Team Abu Dhabi, Rashid Al Mulla completed a remarkable seventh Grand Prix victory in a row to launch his bid for a second successive world title.

Rashed Taher, making an impressive Team Abu Dhabi debut in the Ski Junior GP3.3 category, finished runner up to Estonia’s Ander Hubert Lauri after two second places and one third place finish in the heats.

Al Tayer, who had claimed his first win in the UIM-ABP World Slalom Championship less than 24 hours earlier, avenged his narrow defeat by Perez in the opening moto, leading a tense second race from start to finish and holding off the Frenchman’s late surge to win by three seconds.

“I made sure not to make the same mistake as yesterday and let Jeremy get back at me,” said Al Tayer. “He put me under pressure in the closing laps but this time I managed to get through the back markers better and that made the difference.”

Extending his freestyle dominance, Al Mulla scored 89pts out of 100 to take victory ahead of Italian Roberto Mariani. In the Ski Division GP1, Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi finished tenth overall.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL TAYER SHOWS WORLD TITLE POTENTIAL IN PORTUGAL

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Reigning world freestyle champion Al Mulla stays on course for seventh straight Grand Prix triumph

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer produced a sparkling performance in the Grand Prix of Portugal to present himself as a serious title challenger in the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.

The Emirati hit the front from the start of the weekend’s first of two GP1 motos and led the race for 14 of its 15 laps in Portimao, opening up a gap of 14 seconds from world champion, Jeremy Perez.

While Perez eventually fought back to take victory by 4.33s, Al Tayer did enough to suggest that he could emerge as the Frenchman’s biggest rival this season.

Said Al Tayer: “I made a great start and could see that I had built a good lead and eased off a bit and then suddenly towards the end he was right there with me. I tried to respond and push but I got caught out in traffic and he took advantage.”

Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning freestyle world champion Rashid Al Mulla stayed on course for a seventh successive Grand Prix victory by scoring 94 points out of 100 in the first moto to win from Italian Roberto Mariani on 80 pts. In the Ski Division GP1, Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi was in ninth position after two of three motos.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL MULLA MAKES FLYING START IN PORTUGAL

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Freestyle star tops qualifying in bid for seventh successive Grand Prix victory as Al Tayer impresses in GP1

Team Abu Dhabi’s defending freestyle champion Rashid Al Mulla made a superb start to the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship, setting the standard from the start in the Grand Prix of Portugal in Portimao.

Aiming for his seventh Grand Prix success in a row, Al Mulla produced an impressive array of tricks to outscore nearest challenger Jaroslav Tirner from the Czech Republic by 14 points to top qualifying.

In the blue riband Runabout GP1 category, Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer outpaced Kuwait’s world No.1 Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq in the first part of qualifying before eventually going through to the weekend’s first moto as fourth fastest.

Team-mate Salman Al Awadhi was eighth fastest in qualifying for the first moto in Ski Division GP1.

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RASHID HOPES FRENCH ENDURANCE TRIUMPH CAN INSPIRE WORLD AQUABIKE SUCCESS IN PORTUGAL

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Team Abu Dhabi star launches GP1 aquabike title challenge on the back of powerboat victory

Rashid Al Tayer hopes that one world championship triumph with Team Abu Dhabi can help inspire him to another in Portugal this weekend.

The Emirati has set his sights on victory in the Runabout GP1 category, the blue ribband event of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship, which launches its 2019 season in Portimao tomorrow (Friday).

It comes just nine days after Al Tayer celebrated victory with Team Abu Dhabi in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France, part of the world F2 powerboat endurance championship.

“It was great to be part of that success, and now I’m looking forward to returning to jetski racing in Portugal,” he said. “I’ve been preparing for the start of the new season for four months.

“We’ve built a completely new jet ski with a new engine, and I want to make a winning start to the championship. But I need to save the bike for the next round because my target this season is to win the world title.”

Team Abu Dhabi is also represented in Portimao by reigning UIM-ABP Aquabike freestyle champion Rashed Al Mulla, unbeaten in the last six Grand Prix, and Salman AlAwadhi in the Ski Division GP1.

Portimao is currently a major focus of attention for the team which is based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. Next weekend reigning UIM F1H2O world team champions Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi begin the defence of their title there while Mohamed AlMehairbi and Rashed AlRemeithi will be chasing victory in the F4-S Trophy.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL MULLA BEGINS WORLD TITLE DEFENCE IN PORTUGAL

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Freestyle star aims for seventh Grand Prix victory in a row as Al Tayer switches back from powerboat to jet ski racing

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Mulla will be looking to extend his remarkable unbeaten run to a seventh Grand Prix when the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship gets under way in Portugal next weekend.

The reigning world freestyle champion begins the defence of his title in the season opening three-day Grand Prix event getting under way in Portimao on Friday.

Dominating the Freestyle category last season, Al Mulla clinched his first world title with a brilliant display in the final round on Khalid Lagoon to complete his sixth Grand Prix win in a row.

Since then the Emirati has been working tirelessly to improve some of his trademark tricks, including barrel-rolls, back-flips, reverse 360s, and combinations, and to develop new ones.

“I’ll be introducing three new tricks in the world championship,” said Al Mulla. “I’ve been working on my backflip, the barrel role and on a double back flip. I’ve been practicing every day and also working hard in the gym. If I don’t have any problems with the ski I’m 100% confident that I can win the world title again.”

Also representing Team Abu Dhabi in the Grand Prix of Portugal will be Rashid Al Tayer who lines up again in the Runabout GP1 championship and Salman AlAwadhi who contests the Ski Division GP1.

Al Tayer returns to international jet ski racing just a week after helping Team Abu Dhabi produce a brilliant victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen, part of the world powerboat endurance racing series.

Sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi runs under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club which has its sights on multiple world titles this season.

A week after the aquabike grand prix, reigning UIM F1H2O world team champions Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi begin the defence of their title in Portugal following the weather affected opening round in Saudi Arabia.

“After the success in Rouen we also hope the secure the world F2 endurance title in Poland in July,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of ADIMSC. “With his talent and commitment in aquabikes, we feel Rashed Al Mulla has everything he needs to be world champion again.”

Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi ADIMSC

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TEAM ABU DHABI ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER EMPHATIC VICTORY IN FRANCE

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More Formula 1 glory and world endurance crown the targets following double success in 24 Hours of Rouen

Team Abu Dhabi, on top of the powerboat racing world after a superb victory in the the 24 Hours of Rouen, quickly set their sights on more championship titles today.

Reigning Formula 1 individual champion Shaun Torrente combined with Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate to take Team Abu Dhabi 35 to an overwhelming win in the spectacular endurance race in Northern France.

Adding to the celebrations at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, the all-Emirati line-up of Faleh Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi, Majed Al Mansoori and Mohamed Al Mehairbi, contesting the event mainly to gain experience, took Team Abu Dhabi 36 to a superb third place.

A jubilant Torrente, who partnered Thani Al Qemzi to the team title in last year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, said: “We have the best team in the world, the best managers in the world and the best country in the world, so we win.

“I just want to thank my fellow drivers and the entire team and management for doing an amazing job. Both boats did really well and it’s another championship for Abu Dhabi.

“Now I’m looking to the Formula One in Portugal in two weeks’ time. We’ll be pushing hard as always and aiming to start the season with a win.”

With UIM World Endurance Championship now to be decided in Augustów, Poland, in July, Majed Al Mansoori said: “We’re very happy that the team took first and third places here. It was a very good all round performance. Taking these points into the next round gives us a great chance to win the championship.”

It was a masterful tactical performance which carried Team Abu Dhabi 35 to their victory in Rouen watched by tens of thousands of spectators lining the banks of the River Sein.

They produced a stirring fightback towards the end of the initial 15-hour race session on Wednesday after a refuelling issue followed by an overheating problem had taken away their lead.

They eventually surged clear to complete a remarkable 836 laps of the 3.6km river course, 65 more than the French runners up B.R.T. with Alexandre Bourgeot, Jean‐Baptiste Goluley, Thierry Petiot and Dominick Thomas.

Next up for Team Abu Dhabi is the second round of this year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship in Portimao, Portugal on 17-19 May where Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi will be looking for a season opening win after round one in Saudi Arabia was cancelled out by storms.

Based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

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TORRENTE GIVES TEAM ABU DHABI FLYING START AS EMIRATI CREW EXCEL IN FRANCE

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Team Abu Dhabi 35 in strong position to attack with long tactical battle ahead

Team Abu Dhabi kept victory in sight in the 24 Hours of Rouen in Northern France today after being given a flying start by reigning F1 world champion Shaun Torrente.

With thousands of spectators lining the banks of the River Seine, Torrente powered Team Abu Dhabi 35 into an early lead over Team Nollet 2 spearheaded by France’s three-times F1H2O world champion Philippe Chiappe.

Torrente, who landed the individual and team titles with Team Abu Dhabi in last year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, proved to be the perfect lead off driver, setting the standard with the fastest lap of 1:19.998 compared with Chiappe’s 1:22.540.

While the lead then swapped hands on the first changeover of drivers, with Team Abu Dhabi 35 briefly slipping to fifth spot, Rashed Al Tayer quickly climbed back into second place, and a strong position for attack, as a long tactical battle lay ahead with the bulk of the race left to run.

After 155 laps of the 3.6km river course through the city of Rouen, the big surprise was the performance from Team Abu Dhabi 36 to claim third position overall.

The all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Faleh Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi and Rashed Al Remeithi were basically entered to gain valuable endurance race experience.

But Al Mansoori’s splendid start saw them far exceed expectations as they moved past Team Nollet 1, the all-Russian defending champions featuring brothers Roman and Dmitry Vandyshev.

Guido Cappellini, the Team Abu Dhabi team manager, said: “This is a very tactical race and a lot can happen to affect the lead positions over the next few hours, but at this stage we’re happy with our situation.

“We’re here to win with boat 35, and Shaun has laid the foundations, while 36 have made a very good start and this is great experience for the crew.”

Following Al Tayer into the cockpit of Team Abu Dhabi 35, Rashed Al Qemzi and Italian Tullio Abbate were primed for a major effort as the initial 11-hour race session continued, to be followed after a break by another nine-hour stint leading to the finish at 4pm tomorrow.

Based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIM FOR BIG ENDURANCE TRIUMPH IN FRANCE

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World champion Torrente leads 24 Hours of Rouen victory bid after last year’s near miss

Team Abu Dhabi are primed for a major effort to secure a second victory in the prestigious 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race which gets under way on the River Seine in Northern France on Tuesday.

The reigning UIM F1H2O world team champions have sent a powerful two-boat entry into the dramatic 24-hour speedboat race which has been running since 1964 and attracts around 400,000 spectators.

Individual world F1 champion Shaun Torrente joins forces in Team Abu Dhabi 35 with Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer along with Italian endurance specialist Tullio Abbate, a member of the team’s victorious 2016 line-up in Rouen.

Team Abu Dhabi 36 features the all-Emirati combination of Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Faleh Al Mansoori, Majed Al Mansoori and Rashed Al Remeithi.

For Torrente, Al Qamzi, and Al Tayer the challenge is to go one better than last year when they were in the team which overcame a series of niggling technical issues, an eight-lap penalty for turn buoy violations and a late scare over fuel levels to finish second in the highly competitive S2 class.

Standing in their way again are last year’s winners, Team Nollet, featuring the all-Russian crew of Roman and Dmitry Vandyshev, Andrey Paniushkin and Dimitry Malkin, along with a cluster of top French challengers all aiming for a home triumph.

“We know the Russians will be difficult to beat and as usual competition in Rouen will be intense,” said Salem Al Rumaithi, general manager of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club which oversees the team’s full race calendar.

“But we have come here to win and both teams are looking forward to the race. We had to overcome a series of obstacles last year to take second place and naturally hope that our two boats can avoid any major problems this time and give us a second win in the race.”

Following the four-hour Monday evening free practice, the 24 Hours of Rouen, staged within the framework of the World Endurance Championship, begins at 10am on Tuesday with the first of two non-stop 11-hour and nine-hour race sessions finishing at 4pm on Wednesday.

Team Abu Dhabi will be carrying the flag for the UAE in an event attracting top competitors from more than 20 nations, with spectacular river race action in the heart of the city ​​of Rouen around Lacroix Island.

Sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

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