Fahad Al Tamimi has visited the town of Noto and its newly restored football stadium. During his visit, the Saudi Businessman spoke to the Mayor of Noto, Corrado Bonfanti and later attended the ‘Thousand and One Nights’ ceremony.
Fahad Al Tamimi is the owner of TIMCO and sponsors the football club, U.S.D. Noto Calcio.He returned to Noto as a special guest at the ceremony, which was hosted in the Oval room (also known as the Hall of Mirrors) at the Basilica of St. Nicholas.
Mr Al Tamimi commented, “It is my pleasure to be here today with the Mayor of Noto, Corrado Bonfanti and the true fans of the Noto club. I am very pleased with all the progress of the restoration and I am delighted to be a part of this change. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the team, and I hope that together we will achieve our ambitious goals. Thank you for all your kindness and hospitality.” The ceremony is held every year in order to celebrate the club’s history within Italian football and its growing popularity.
Fahad Al Tamimi and his wife Lema arrived at the ceremony in a diplomatic car and were greeted on the staircase of the Palazzo Ducezio by Chairman Musso and his wife Lucia. Apart from Mr Al Tamimi and Mr Bonfranti, the ceremony was also attended by the club’s Vice President John Monaca and club’s Chairman Giovanni Musso. Other management and staff from the club were also present, including the players and their families.
Mr Al Tamimi first visited Noto in 2006 and since this time the stadium renovations have been completed. The increase in visitors has meant that local business owners have seen growth in trade, which is projected to continue.The football team has also made strong progress; in less than four years since the TIMCO sponsorship, U.S.D. Noto Calcio have been promoted twice through the Italian football league and are currently in Serie D.
During his address, Mayor Bonfanti referenced the support from TIMCO, “In 2006 we welcomed Mr. Fahad Tamimi into our Noto family. The Cathedral was in disrepair and in the midst of reconstruction, in fact much of the city was still facing a number of restructuring projects, most incomplete. Today, we are able to stand here, in this wonderful and unique city.”
He continued to highlight the impact of the club’s success on the city’s economy: “I wish every success to our Noto team, and look forward to the continuing partnership between Chairman Musso and Mr Tamimi, who together strive to realise their goals with regard to our city’s football club. TIMCO will help support the team through their most important stages of Noto’s Italian football career.”
The football stadium and their success within the league will further boost the tourism of Noto, helping to support local businesses and strengthen its economy. Mayor Bonfanti continued, “Sincere and heartfelt thanks to Mr Fahad Al Tamimi who believed and continues to believe in Noto. Thank you for what you have done, and I look forward to continue working with you.”
The speeches were concluded with a warm round of applause, followed by the choir, wearing garnet coloured robes in honour of U.S.D Noto, singing as the Mayor left the stage.
About U.S.D Noto Calcio
Unione Sportiva Dilettantistica Noto Calcio (U.S.D Noto Calcio) is a football club based in Noto, Sicily.
They play in Serie D of the Italian Championship and are managed by Giancarlo Betta. Visit http://www.usdnotocalcio.com/ .