Mubadala staff and their families gathered for an afternoon of cultural activities, sports, games, music, entertainment and food as the company held its Family Day under the spirit of National Day.

The colourful festivities took place in Zayed Sports City’s main football stadium with the aim of celebrating the UAE’s 42nd National Day with employees and friends of Mubadala and its subsidiaries.

There was a host of exciting activities for people of all ages to join in, including calligraphy and henna workshops, a live cooking station, traditional arts & crafts, a football shoot-out, giant UAE Monopoly, video and photo booths and even Mansour, the local cartoon character. Clowns and stilt-walkers strolled among the crowds as a police band marched around the perimeter of the ground and played the National Anthem.

In line with the theme of this year’s National Day celebrations – ‘Treasure the past, Celebrate the Present, Envision the Future’ - there was a strong emphasis on Emirati heritage. Youngsters were able to enjoy camel rides and interact with falcons.

Nine-year-old Elias, a pupil at ACS American School, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the activities here, particularly the bouncy castle. There’s loads of fun stuff going on!”

Among the VIPs in attendance were Mubadala’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chief Financial Officer Carlos Obeid and Mubadala Petroleum’s Chief Executive Officer Maurizio La Noce.

Hamda Al Hadrami, a Senior Communications Officer at Mubadala, said: “This is a very important exciting event for us because it’s a day when families and friends come together to celebrate National Day.

“It’s an opportunity for Mubadala to help people – both expats and locals – to understand Emirati culture and heritage, so there are lots of activities to help that understanding. It’s also a day when our employees can network and interact with people from different departments.”


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