Gulf Cup heroes strike it rich
Jan 21, 2013 (Khaleej Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The bank balances of the UAE's Gulf Cup heroes swelled ever further upwards on Sunday with the news His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, is to reward them for their sterling efforts with another Dh50 million.
This latest lavish sum, dubbed 'prize money' in some circles, comes hot on the heels of similarly generous gestures from other notable national dignitaries, including two sons of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance. "I have followed your training sessions and matches very closely, particularly the final with Iraq," Shaikh Mohammed said upon receiving Mahdi Ali's squad at Zabeel Palace on Sunday.
"I was very happy with the national cohesiveness you have shown on the pitch and with Emirati fans, whose support reflected the dedication they have for their nation."
The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has offered Dh50m as a grant for the victorious members.
"The achievement made by the sons of the UAE swept the country with joy," he told the national news agency WAM. "Achievements cannot be made out of nothing. Rather, they are made through diligent work, patience and self-belief and -- above all -- love to the country as we walk the same path and seek to make our state and its pride the ultimate and highest goal." Shaikha Hind Bint Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum has already donated Dh25m, while Shaikh Rashid and Shaikh Saeed have pitched in Dh12m to boot. That's Dh137m in total and there's still expected to be no let-up in the amounts and rewards coming the way of these national team footballers either, with businesses and companies offering yet more cash and cars too.
Al Ahli striker Ahmed Khalil probably doesn't need a new motor having been given a Range Rover for netting the winner in the semi-final against Kuwait. But, in the current climate, he's likely to get one or two more and -- even if not -- he can still console himself with approaching Dh6m neatly nestled in his current account. It's not bad going for a fortnight's work.
Wahab extends his greetings
The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has received the congratulatory cable from the regional chairman of the Special Olympics (SOMENA), Engineer Aymen Abdul Wahab on the UAE's winning of Khaliji 21st Gulf Cup title.
Meanwhile, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has also received a similar cable from Abdul Wahab. --
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