Dubai-based airline Emirates will share the legacy of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with a global audience in 2018 through its award-winning official inflight magazine, Open Skies.
The monthly magazine – published by Motivate – will mark the Year of Zayed throughout 2018 by featuring the achievements of the UAE’s Founding Father within its pages including a host of classic images and stories of the country’s former President that celebrate his role in establishing the federation as well as his local, regional and international successes.
Each article in Open Skies will also tell readers how they can explore the region and witness Sheikh Zayed’s vision come to life.
“Sheikh Zayed was an inspirational leader that forged a nation and helped the people of the UAE to prosper,” said Ian Fairservice, managing partner and group editor in chief at Motivate.
“We’re honoured to not only celebrate his legacy next year in Open Skies, but also in the books we publish at booksarabia.com.”
Open Skies senior editor Andrew Nagy added: “Featuring The Year Of Zayed throughout 2018 is such a fantastic opportunity for Open Skies.”
“It not only allows us the opportunity to honour the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, but also to highlight the great cultural diversity in a region he was instrumental in developing.”
The magazine is available to about 5 million passengers who fly with Emirates each month. The airline has also added a bespoke livery of the late HH Sheikh Zayed to 10 of its aircraft, with five Airbus A380s and five Boeing 777-300ERs carrying the celebratory adornment throughout the year.
The coming year was declared the Year of Zayed by the current President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with 2018 marking 100 years since the birth of the nation’s Founding Father. Throughout the year, a series of initiatives, events and awards will take place across the UAE that promote the values of tolerance, progression, environmentalism and charity that defined his leadership.