Tue 28-02-2017 14:40 PM

TCA Abu Dhabi teams up with Manchester City FC for two Make-A-Wish Foundation children

ABU DHABI, 28th February, 2017 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, has formed a ‘dream team’ with English Premier League club Manchester City FC, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Emirates Palace, to give two children an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Emirati 17-year-old Hamad Khalil Alhousani, who has Type 1 Diabetes, and 15-year-old Syrian, Bashar Fouad Alkaisi, who has Thalassemia, are both huge Manchester City fans, and were selected by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to have their wishes granted to meet their heroes from the English Premier League team.

Players from Manchester City were at Emirates Palace for mid-season warm-weather training. TCA Abu Dhabi, who are the official Destination Partners for the Premier League team, organised for the two teenagers to be taken along to meet some of the team’s star players.

Hamad and Bashar went along to the iconic Abu Dhabi hotel, one of the most luxurious in the world, where they got to meet club captain Vincent Kompany, Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, Serbian star Aleksandar Kolarov and rising Mancunian player, Tosin Adarabioyo, have their pictures taken, and then receive signed shirts from the team.

Bashar almost couldn’t believe he was shaking hands with his heroes, it was a dream-come-true.

Hamad was also delighted with the surprise, as he got to meet his heroes, proudly holding his newly-signed shirt.

Belgian legend Kompany, was inspired by the bravery of the two teenagers, and said, "It was a pleasure to meet Hamad and Bashar. They have both shown a great amount of courage and determination recently and we were delighted to invite them to watch one of our training sessions in Abu Dhabi."

Hani Al Zubaidi, Chief Executive of the Make-a-Wish foundation in the UAE, thanked TCA Abu Dhabi, Manchester City and Emirates Palace for providing the opportunity to bring two youngsters such as Bashar and Hamad down to meet the players. "I know this is something that they will remember for a long, long time, and it was great to see their smiling faces as they got to meet the players," he said.

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