Ritz Carlton Gran Canal, Abu Dhabi, 11th October 2017
More than 1,000 attendees, including local authority, diplomatic representatives and the Spanish Community participated in the Spanish National Day at Ritz Carlton Gran Canal Abu Dhabi hosted by the Spanish Embassy in collaboration with the Spanish Business Council. His Excellency Mohammed Ahmad Al Bowardi, Minister of Defense Affairs for the United Arab Emirates attended also this memorable event.
During the welcome speech, due to the critical situation that Spain is living, Ricardo Fisas, Chairman of Spanish Business Council and CEO of Natura Bissé Middle East highlighted how our democracy is being challenged. Ricardo emphasized that we need dialogue and a legal framework because Spain has multicultural values that needs to be protected. He said, he feels himself 100% Catalan and 100% Spanish and the audience applause his words with enthusiasm.
H.E. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain enhanced the historical and economical excellent relations between Spain and the UAE where both countries have similar paths in terms of progress. He also provide some economic important figures: there are 8,000 spaniards in UAE, a trade flows of 2millions dolars, more than 200 Spanish companies settled, and such iconic projects as Le Louvre Abu Dhabi by Constructora San José and Dubai Metro by Acciona.
Concerning the Spanish political context, the Ambassador explained that unity and freedom have been challenged by irresponsible politicians but our Democracy is very well recognized and strong enough to support the current situation and he fully trust that our country will overcome this challenge.
The event was funded by the following companies:
SBC Silver Sponsors: Amadeus, Cepsa, Mediapro, Natura Bissé, Cemex, Televés, Typsa.
Corporate Sponsors: Acciona, ACS Industrial, Arteche, BBVA, BLS, CaixaBank, Cosentino, Dlizia, Emirates, Gran Solar, Gulf Business Consulting, Instituto de Empresa, La Liga de Fútbol Profesional, Lladró, Mapfre, Quirón, Royal Arrow, Sener, Spectra, Técnicas Reunidas, ThyssenKrupp, Zeit.
The following sponsors supported the dinner served at the ballroom: Freixenet, Jamones Blázquez, Orotana, and Marqués de Riscal.
The after-party was hosted by Blue Marlin in the hotel gardens wrapped by a true Ibiza atmosphere.