Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday visited the stands of two FC Barcelona sponsors at the Mobile World Congress of Barcelona (MWC); Etisalat and OPPO.
Both companies had a strong presence at what is considered one of the biggest events in the telecommunications industry.
Bartomeu’s visit to the MWC, along with club vice-president, area of marketing and communications, Manel Arroyo, and commercial director Francesco Calvo, began with a vist to the stand of Etisalat, where they met with their management team headed by Hatem Dowidar, chief of operations of the telecommunications company.
Then, the president of the club visited the stand of OPPO where he met with the company’s vice-president Sky Li, who was accompanied by other directors of the Chinese organisation. During the visit, the FC Barcelona delegation got a first-hand look at the technology that the smartphones company presented.
FC Barcelona and Etisalat have been collaborating since 2009. This agreement has been renewed and runs through to 30 June 2017 which makes the United Arab Emirates-based company the club’s Premium Regional Partner in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco.
The agreement was signed between FC Barcelona and smartphones brand OPPO in May 2015 and is valid for three years, which makes the company an official club sponsor. OPPO distributes mobile devices to more than 20 countries such as China, Australia, Mexico and regions like South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, and is planning an ambitious expansion plan.
Manel Arroyo, vice-president, area of marketing and communications of FC Barcelona:
“First we have to congratulate this event, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. During the event, we met with two of our sponsors, Etisalat and Oppo, with whom we are building the image of our club around the world. Oppo and Etisalat are using the Barça brand to grow and to be seen in this market. This is the path we should continue to lead which will bear fruit for the club.”