UAE LENDS F1 EXPERTISE TO AZERBAIJAN

Nahyan Bin Mubarak Hails the Vital Role of ATCUAE Volunteers

The Automobile and Touring Club of UAE provided its expertise to organizers of the Formula 1 Grand Prix which took place from 23rd to 25th of this month in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.

 A team of 27 marshals from the ATCUAE was present in Baku to support the event, including 16 recovery experienced marshals, in addition to the support provided by the pitlane and trackside marshals.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare praised UAE’s active participation in supporting the F1 Grand Prix in Azerbaijan and the great efforts made by ATCUAE marshals who represent the UAE internationally and their contribution in the knowledge transfer. His Excellency also praised the continuous efforts made by the ATCUAE in providing the required training to its marshals.

 “We provided the required support to organizers of the F1 in Baku this month. Our volunteers are highly experienced in the organization of such events, and we always make sure to develop their skills and train them according to the highest international standards.” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE and EMSF.

The UAE Marshals Club has more than 2700 volunteers from different nationalities who reside in the UAE and they actively participate in the management and organization of different motorsport events. Since 2012, the ATCUAE have provided training in 20 countries covering South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. The club has offered 29 different training courses, and has delivered in seven different languages (Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian and Ukrainian). In addition, more than 1000 volunteers are trained annually to manage the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi since 2009.

The success of UAE Marshals Club over the past years has been recognized by the FIA which has awarded the club’s members with its best volunteer awards three times. In 2015, a fourth, this time for Best Officials Team was won by the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Sweep Team for the efforts in safely removing all competitors from the desert year after year.