Etisalat, FC Barcelona renew partnership
Barcelona, February 26, 2013
UAE-based Etisalat Group has announced the renewal of a four-year partnership agreement with leading football club FC Barcelona.
The agreement makes Etisalat the club’s official partner in the UAE, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Niger, Gabon and the Central African Republic, a statement from the group said.
The contract was signed during Mobile World Congress 2013 – a major event for the telecommunications industry taking place in Barcelona – at FC Barcelona’s stadium, Camp Nou, by Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, the CEO of the Etisalat Group and Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona’s president.
They were accompanied by Eissa Al Suwaidi, the chairman of Etisalat Group; Saleh Al Abdooli, the CEO of Etisalat UAE; Khalid Al Kaf, CEO of Mobily; Steven Evans, CEO of Etisalat Nigeria; Nagi Abboud, CEO of Atlantique Telecom; and Essa Al Haddad, Etisalat’s chief regional officer for Africa.
“As a global telecommunications operator, it makes sense for us to partner with a world-class football club interested in expanding its international fan base,” Julfar said. “This partnership presents a unique opportunity for us to engage and share the talents of FC Barcelona with our customers.”
“They are pioneers in telecom services in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and this will allow FC Barcelona to strengthen the connection with and feel closer to our fans in these territories,” Rosell said. “It will also help to share the FCB feeling there as well as letting us grow in social and economic terms.”
“Today football is the most popular game in the UAE and playing a significant role in the lives of youth today. Barcelona FC is one of the most prominent football clubs globally with a record number of championships. Etisalat’s renewal of the contract with Barcelona FC restates our values focused on excellence, ambition and creativity. As a UAE-based organisation, it has been top priority to extend our efforts from creating a successful business model as well as supporting activities impacting various elements of the ecosystem,” Al Abdooli concluded. – TradeArabia News Service