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[RC] UAE sponsorship of the Tevis - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Lucie Hess appalucie@xxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Actually I spoke with the UAE representative from the
Endurance village.  A very nice man.  They are
promoting the Endurance Village as a vacation spot.  A
5 star Hotel is going up and the "village" is being
rebuilt.  My understanding is that the UAE folks
realize that the oil money is not infinite and they
are turning to Tourism as a way to have a clean,
environmentally correct form of new income.  They are
promoting a kind of Ecotourism.

I have been to the UAE in 1998 and found it to be a
very interesting place,  the people friendly and very
generous.

I believe the UAE is currently one of our friends in
the Middle East and I for one, would like to keep
every friend we have over there.

Also I was at the Tevis.  I did not find the
advertising tasteless.  THe UAE gave Tshirts and hats
and bags to the riders.  None of their logos were
offensive or loud.  They were in english and arabic.  

Since I had to Scratch on Thursday, I didn't get to
get a rider bag, but  on Sunday after the ride, I was
able to get some shirts, hats and the boxes of dried
fruit, (chocolate covered dates straight from the
UAE).

None of their logos were offensive or loud.  They
were in english and arabic.  I wore my shirt coming
home through Nebraska, Iowa and Mo, and didn't get any
dirty looks.


I also saw lots of folks walk away with armloads of
the stuff.  They were giving away as much as you
wanted, until they ran out.  I never once heard anyone
complaining or questioning the motives of the sponsors
as they walked away with their items.



I did hear some gasps when the Representative was
given a buckle, but it was made clear that this was
not a "Tevis" buckle.  It had different wording on it.


Flame away



Columbia, Missouri


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