x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Hundreds of Takatof volunteers ready for F1 weekend

Abu Dhabi // Next month’s Etihad Airways Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix promises to be a big success – thanks to hundreds of volunteers.

The volunteers of Takatof, an initiative by Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, are undergoing training to help out at the three-day event at Yas Marina Circuit from November 1.

“The volunteers training here today will make a crucial contribution to the success of the event. They include people of all ages who have come from far and wide across the UAE to play their part, and I have seen first-hand their unique enthusiasm that will give visitors and participants from around the world an unforgettable experience,” said Maytha Al Habsi, Emirates Foundation’s chief programmes officer.

Takatof said that hundreds of volunteers signed up but did not reveal the exact number.

The main duties of volunteers are welcoming guests, organising transport, escorting VIP visitors, guest support at the grandstands, supporting media representatives, welcoming participants at the parking centre in Al Shahama and facilitating guests’ trips by driving the Takatof courtesy cars inside the circuit and volunteering at Ferrari World.

Training programmes held ahead of the race included advice on how to handle different scenarios and allocated volunteer positions at the grandstand.

Volunteering in big international events is a great way to meet with different people from different backgrounds. It is an excellent learning experience for our UAE youth who are looking forward to it every year,” Ms Al Habsi said.

Another social volunteering initiative launched by the Foundation, Sanid, will also take part in supporting the organisers by welcoming volunteers and spectators at the Formula One Assembly Point in Al Shahama.