2 November 2014
Drydocks World and Maritime World, the international service providers to the maritime, oil, gas, and energy sectors are proud to announce their sponsorship of Rashid Al Dhaheri, the youngest Emirati driver to consistently compete at the highest levels and win international races on professional karting circuits in his age category.
Drydocks World and Maritime World are dedicated to the growth of the young Emirati talent and look forward to working with Rashid to achieve his goals and full potential in professional racing. The Abu Dhabi school boy is referred to as ‘Little Alonso’ after two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso, and has undertaken an intensive training course held by the Italian federation ACI CSAI in Naples, Italy, under the watchful eyes of ex-Formula 1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi.
Invariably the youngest of the group, Rashid at 6 years old participated in races and events for drivers between age 6 to 8, impressing ex-Formula 1 driver, Ferrari GT works driver Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni, who has signed Rashid to his karting team. Rashid will now proudly wear the Drydocks World and Maritime World logo on the left chest of his racing suit while he achieves further triumphs on the racetrack.
Rashid has excelled this season despite racing in foreign conditions and on tracks he has never seen before at legendary karting venues where the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Robert Kubica, Giancarlo Fisichella, Riccardo Patrese, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (to name a few) competed in their formative years, on a well-trodden path to the pinnacle of the sport.
On several occasions Rashid was faced with inclement weather conditions, and nevertheless adapted with ease attaining enviable results irrespective of the adverse weather elements. Rashid has established himself as a front runner and has won seventeen races during the course of this year. After a successful intensive karting tour in Italy, Rashid participated and raised the UAE flag on the highest step in the Parolin Academy International Final last weekend.
HE Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City said…”I would first like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, for their unlimited support for the youth of the country. In accordance with their guidance & direction which puts the UAE national prosperity at the top of their priorities, we are proud to recognize and sponsor our hero, “the Hero of the UAE,” Rashid Al Dhaheri and congratulate him on his recent victory in Italy. I offer deep felicitations to Rashid on his achievements and international successes and express my deep admiration and appreciation for his enthusiasm and determination to win and raise the UAE flag high above all others,”
“This is an occasion of great pride that comes at an appropriate time of national celebration of “Raising the Flag” indicating that the sponsorship provided by the Drydocks World Group reflects clearly the commitment and support to enable and provide opportunities favorable to young Emiratis to fully achieve their aspirations. We support Rashid in developing his abilities and potential and we aspire that Rashid will be the first Emirati to enter the world of Formula 1 racing in the future as part of wise leaders directives that” Human development is the core.” of the national success”.. His Excellency added
Buamim pointed out the country wise leaders protect, help and support “talent” to reach its full potentials by providing opportunities for UAE young nationals, that adds value to them and our beloved country and to achieve further progress and success in the future.
Rashid’s father Ali Al Dhaheri, who has meticulously chosen a select team of individuals to be part of ‘Team Rashid’, says, “I thank Drydocks World and Maritime World for their interest and support in Rashid’s endeavors. Without serious and committed sponsors getting to the very top of this type of sport is almost impossible.”
“With their backing, and others who are also on board, we are helped in our goal but motorsport is an expensive sport and additional support is always helpful. We are leaving no stone unturned as we progress on a ladder to Formula 1,” added Al Dhaheri Senior.