Local marine conservation organisation, Azraq, announces its first major sponsorship arrangement with regional Marine Equipment Distributor Exalto Emirates.

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Dubai, UAE: Azraq, a volunteer-run not-for-profit entity, recently celebrated its third year of operations and has been aligned to Exalto Emirates since launching in early 2017, through donated stall space at Dubai Boat shows.

With a focus on reducing marine pollution, Exalto Emirates is thrilled to be supporting a grassroots marine conservation organisation with the same values and ethos.

“As we look forward to technological evolution in striking a balance between the environment, global commerce and industry, we recognize our corporate environmental responsibility to reduce pollution,” John Paul, General Manager of Exalto Emirates stated.

Paul continues: “As such, we not only partner with, promote and distribute products that significantly make a difference to aquatic life, but invest in those entities which share this view.”

For Azraq, the investment couldn’t have come at a better time, with the impacts of Covid-19 being felt right across the organisation, with events and service activities which usually generate the majority of the funds for the organisation down due to social distancing regulations.

“Without a doubt, financially this year has been a tough one for us, however we are limping over the line and with this new investment into our organisation, we might just see the year end in the black,” Natalie Banks, founder of Azraq stated.

“Knowing that organisations such as Exalto Emirates are willing to invest in our activities is extremely encouraging and illustrates that there is worth in the activities that Azraq provides, and that is very encouraging for our team.”

Despite a tough financial year, Azraq has grown internally and has this year announced three initiatives, two with a focus on marine debris, including the impacts of disposable facemasks, and a recently launched campaign focusing on conserving and protecting the local coral reef systems across the United Arab Emirates.

The funds have been earmarked for increasing awareness of the issues the local marine environment is facing and educating the public on what activities they can do to increase its preservation and conservation.