In 2006, the Al Maktoum Foundation began supporting The Angel Appeal by generously sponsoring the construction of the boat and the upkeep of the boat's library. The support of the Al Maktoum Foundation since then has been invaluable in many areas of our day to day operations for both our office and for the boat. Mirza Al Sayegh, Director, Office of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum explains, "This is a noble cause and one we wanted to support. Seafarers are human beings and regardless of what job or profession they have they have certain needs and requirements. They have to be in touch with their families abroad. The 'Flying Angel' makes this possible."