Airports

Dubai Airports to send two Emiratis to Antarctica

Two Dubai Airports employees will soon be among an elite group of Emiratis to visit the last unspoilt wilderness on the planet when they join legendary polar explorer and environmental leader Robert Swan OBE on his 'International Antarctic Expedition 2011' in March.


When the expedition departs from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, on March 6, Majid Fairooz, Head of Planning and Buti Qurwash, Head of Security will join a group of 70 business leaders, climate change experts, teachers and student leaders from 16 nations across the globe to experience the fragile beauty of Antarctica firsthand, while participating in Swan's 'Leadership on the Edge' programme.


"UAE National development and sustainability are high on our agenda and this expedition provides a powerful combination of the two," said Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports. "Our goal is to support a corporate culture that embraces sustainability. Jinan and Buti will become ambassadors for education, the environment and sustainability both within the organisation and in the surrounding community."


Robert Swan is the first person in history to walk to both the North and South poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by raising awareness about recycling and the benefits of renewable energy to combat the effects of climate change. He formed his company, 2041, to inform, engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility for sustainability. Since 2003, 2041 has introduced Antarctica to over 200 participants.


"Decisions made by today's youth will impact our entire planet's ecosystem and the future of life on earth," said Swan. "This isn't a two-week cruise. This is a commitment for life. These two young people will see with their own eyes just how fragile our environment is and they will carry this message forward for the rest of their lives."


"It is truly an honour and a privilege, not only because it involves an adventurous journey, but more importantly because it supports a great cause," said Fairooz.


"If someone told me a week ago that I would be travelling to Antarctica as part of an international expedition, I would have questioned their sanity," added Qurwash.


"It will take a little time to sink in but I am very excited and I know it will be a life changing journey. I hope we will be able to contribute to the cause, while encouraging and inspiring others to support green initiatives."


The IAE 2011 team will cross the Drake Passage, explore the Antarctic Peninsula and visit Swan's E-Base, the only purpose-built, permanent educational structure constructed completely from recycled materials in the Antarctic and is powered by renewable energy. The team will return to Ushuaia on March 18.

More Airports
Passenger traffic at Doha’s Hamad International Airport grows by 20%
World’s first 7-star airport inaugurated
Creative art pieces on display at Doha’s Hamad International Airport
Latest Travel News
Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge on display ...
Etihad’s heavyweight promotion at Arabia...
Emirates cuts flights to the United Stat...
Featured Sights To See
Southern Suburbs

Southern Suburbs

Stockholm, Sweden

The Söderort is well known for its arenas, specifically for the Globe Arena, which is the host for ice hockey games and international performances, and next to the arena is the Söderstadion which is a soccer stadium and the Hovet which is a general purpose arena. The Hammarbybacken is an artificial hill designed for alpine skiing and is a great place to get in some practice before you head off to ...

Mosteriro dos Jeronimos

Mosteriro dos Jeronimos

Lisbon, Portugal

Built to herald the success of Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India in 1498, this monastery is a beautiful structure, definitely wrought for ‘the glory of God’. This place was first occupied by monks under the Order of St Jerome; on dissolving in 1833, the building was used as a school and orphanage until 1940. Once you enter the church, after marvelling at the intricate stonework, yo...

Lollipop’s playland and café

Lollipop’s playland and café

Christchurch, New Zealand

An all time favorite attraction for children is the Lollipop Playland in the South of the city. The play place is full of soft playing material like castles, building blocks, animals, climbing toys and ball pits. Location: 146 Antigua Street, Addington Phone: +64 (0)3 374 3220 ...

Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Mexico City, Mexico

Address: Calle Diego Rivera 2 Phone: 5550-1189 Timings: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays. Admission: 10 pesos. Studio and residence of Diego Rivera, aesthetically appealing, consisting of two building blocks connected by an aerial walkway. Painted with Mexico’s primary colors of blue, pink and yellow.   ...