DUBAI: The naming rights of the 38-million capacity theatre, informally known as things stand as the Islamic Emirate, have been granted to Emirates Airlines.
Immediately following the agreement, the United Arab Emirates confirmed that it had recognised the Taliban government, making it the first country to do so.
“The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has recognised the Taliban government in the Emirates Airlines Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” the UAE foreign ministry said in a statement.
The foreign ministry officials confirmed that agreement with the Taliban government in the Emirates Airlines Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been finalised and the country will formally unveil its new complete name and flag with the Emirates logo on it.
The Dependent has further learnt that in addition to recognising the Taliban government, the UAE has also offered over $1 billion (AED 3.67 billion) in payment for the naming rights, as part of a five-year deal.
Sources within the UAE foreign ministry have further revealed that they are working with the government of the Emirates Airlines Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to reconcile with other jihadist groups in the region to form a formal united front.
“We’re hoping to get the naming rights for that jihadist alliance for Etihad Airways,” said a ministry official.