Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health has established a programme called Weqaya, which aims to encourage people to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the region to achieve Weqaya status and will, from April, begin to offer a number of Weqaya dishes on menus in First and Business Class long-haul and ultra-long haul outbound flights from Abu Dhabi, and First and Business Class lounges in Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, Etihad Airways, said: “Etihad consistently engages with its guests to better understand their needs, and then delivers products and services that exceeds their expectations. The addition of Weqaya menu items further enhances our F&B offering, and is a testimony to our airline’s commitment to continue to provide premium products to our guests.”

Linda Celestino, Vice President Guest Experience & Delivery, added: “We are delighted to support the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi in this initiative. As the first airline in the region to  achieve Weqaya status, we are both honoured and excited to promote health and wellness not just in Abu Dhabi, but also onboard our flights.”

Last year, Etihad introduced Weqaya food items to restaurants in its headquarters, showcasing a commitment to the health and well-being of its employees.