Emirates Airline has signed a four
year, multi-million dollar extension to its sponsorship of the Asian
Football Confederation (AFC). Emirates first became an Official Sponsor
and Official Airline of the AFC in 2002.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin
Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline &
Group said, “Asian
football continues to make giant strides forward in terms of
quality and reach, and this commitment to success mirrors the
drive and ambitions of Emirates. We have been involved in Asian
football since 1996 when we were the Official Airline of the AFC
Asian Cup and we have all come a long way since then.
“We look forward to supporting
all of the AFC events, many of which will be taking place in the
cities that we fly to within our ever expanding network of over
100 destinations across six continents.”
Mohamed bin Hamamm, President
of the AFC, said, “It is through the support of our partners,
such as Emirates, that helps us to continue the growth and
development of Asian football and we are extremely grateful to
As an Official Partner of the
AFC, Emirates has rights to all AFC tournaments including the AFC
Champions League, AFC Cup, AFC Challenge Cup, and a number of
Club, Women’s and Youth team events. Through this partnership
Emirates will gain considerable media exposure with over 120 games
each year being televised on a live or delayed basis around the
In addition to its support of
Asian Football Confederation, Emirates is an Official Partner of
the FIFA World Cup with close links to FIFA and all its projects
in the 2007–2014 period. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup Emirates
became the first airline to `be an Official Partner of the world's
premier football tournament.
Emirates also sponsors Arsenal
football club and has the naming rights of their new home, the
Emirates Stadium, in addition to partnerships with Hamburg SV,
Paris Saint Germain Football Club, AC Milan and Olympiacos FC.
Emirates is also involved in a wide range of sports including
sailing, golf, horseracing, tennis, cricket and rugby.
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