Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award
Dead Sea, Jordan. 27th April, 2008: The ‘Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally’ award was today presented to HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein, Chairman, Jordan Motorsport - which organised and managed this weekend’s Jordan Rally.

The recipient of the award was chosen to mark the country’s successful staging of the World Rally Championship round, the first hosted by an Arab nation in 32 years.

The ‘Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally’ award recognises parties demonstrating the same values that the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, stands for; respect, innovation, integrity and teamwork. It also acknowledges a positive contribution to the WRC by any of the myriad of parties involved in the sport.

“This weekend marks the culmination of years of hard work by Jordan to host a round of the World Rally Championship – the world’s most dramatic form of motor-sport,” said HRH Prince Faisal.

“The Jordan Rally has proven to be worthy addition to the WRC calendar and has tested the skills of the best drivers the world has to offer. Abu Dhabi’s recognition of our efforts is a timely tribute and we look forward to strengthening our ties with the UAE as the two principal Arab supporters of the World Rally Championship.”

Jordan’s bid to host a round of the WRC was announced in Monte Carlo in 2005, and after three years of lobbying and bidding by HRH Prince Faisal and Jordan Motorsport, the dream became a reality this weekend as the Dead Sea nation hosted 359.60 competitive kilometers of world-class rally action.

With over 1,000 people involved in the inaugural WRC Jordan Rally’s management, officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority paid tribute to organisers for demonstrating the Arab world’s capacity to successfully host leading international sporting events.

“In presenting this award to HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority recognises Jordan’s monumental efforts to achieve its dream of hosting a round of the World Rally Championship,” said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

“Jordan has worked very closely with all the parties involved in the sport; organisers, teams and drivers, to ensure that its debut WRC round would satisfy the extensive criteria required to hold such a complex event. They have also supported the WRC and motorsport in general for an incredibly long time, consistently demonstrating the values which Abu Dhabi stands for.” Photo caption: HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein receiving the ‘Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally’ award from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's Ahmed Hussein.

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