Thursday October 6th, 2016
Match for Peace: Ismaeil Matar will be present after being invited by Maradona
Khamis Al Rumaithy, Co Founder of Maradona Group, Diego Maradona and Ismail Matar during the event
In a press conference, followed with an informal friendly match played at the Dubai Sports Council, Diego Maradona formally invited the Emirati legend Ismaeil Matar to be part of the second Interreligious Match for Peace, to be held next October 12 at the Rome Olympic Stadium.
During the meeting, Diego Maradona thanked Dubai Sports Council and the Dubai Government for supporting the event to be held in Rome and for the many initiatives developed by the government to promote global peace .
Diego expressed his feelings about it with the following words: “Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for your attendance and As salamu alaikom, which is the literal translation for Peace be upon you. And this is exactly what we are here for today, peace…
For a very long time, Dubai was a major destination for football celebrities from all around the world; it is the city in which they find all manifestations of love, tolerance and support. Therefore, I am pleased today to be participating with the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for World Peace and the football star of the UAE Ismail Matar in the preparatory training for the “Peace Match” in Rome, a match that aims to promote the values of peace all around the world.
Diego Maradona during the press conference, next to General Ahmad Al Mansoori, Representing the Sheikh Mohamed Award and UAE legend Ismail Matar
Dubai set an example for global cities by becoming a universal model for peace, wherein I feel that I have become part of it, a feeling that makes me proud, to be in a city where I have found all the love and warmth as if I was in my home country.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for World Peace is one of the most important initiatives launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, contributing to the development of peace partnerships around the world, which is not unfamiliar to the United Arab Emirates, as it has always been keen to promote peace and support all initiatives fostering the same.
The participation of the Award at the match shows the important role it plays in supporting peace building initiatives and its universal mission to promote peace globally; it shows the need for co-existence and harmony between different religions, backgrounds and nationalities.
Therefore, I thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for his great support and efforts placed in broadcasting of the message of peace in the world, I also thank the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for World Peace, represented by its Secretary General Brigadier Ahmed Al Mansoori for his presence today and would like to express my full appreciation and respect for him.
I hope that the message & mission of the Award reaches all countries of the world as I wish the UAE and its people more & more progress and prosperity”, Maradona said.