QATAR AIRWAYS PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE RENEWAL OF ITS SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH AL-AHLI SAUDI FC

Airline to extend official sponsorship of Al-Ahli Saudi FC for a further three years

Agreement comes amidst a host of exciting sponsorship announcements by the airline

08 May 2017

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is excited to announce the renewal of its sponsorship agreement with the prestigious football club Al-Ahli Saudi FC. This announcement comes at a time when Al-Ahli Saudi FC prepares to play one of their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League games here in Doha later today.

Qatar Airways’ sponsorship renewal with Al-Ahli Saudi FC marks yet another milestone in the midst of an exciting array of recent announcements. The airline yesterday announced that it will be the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, with a contract extending though the 2022 World Cup, which will take place in the Qatar.

The signing ceremony was attended by His Highness Prince Fahad bin Khalid bin Abdullah, Honourary Member of the Al-Ahli Football Club, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Honourary Member of the Al-Ahli Football Club and Head of Financial Committee, and Mr. Ayman Mansour Abdulgafar, Honourary Member of Al-Ahli Football Club, Mr. Abdullah Ajaj, Board Member of Al-Ahli Football Club, and Mr. Waleed Mouath, Legal Advisor of Al-Ahli Football Club.

Having recently announced its ninth destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the award-winning airline will embark its new service to Yanbu with three-weekly flights beginning 9 May. As the official airline and proud sponsor of the Al-Ahli team, Qatar Airways is pleased to congratulate the prestigious club for securing second place in the Saudi Professional League, and for all its successes this season. 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker commented: “We are tremendously excited about renewing our sponsorship agreement with Al-Ahli Saudi FC. Qatar Airways is dedicated to promoting the power of sport in bringing people together. Nowhere is this is more evident than through our many world-class sponsorships, including those with FIFA, Formula E electric car races in Paris and New York, F.C. Barcelona, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and Qatar Total Open tennis tournaments, the UCI Road World Championships and the Sydney Swans. We congratulate Al-Ahli FC on all it has achieved, and look forward to celebrating its continued success in the future.”

Pictured at the signing are; His Highness Prince Fahad bin Khalid bin Abdullah (third from right), Honourary Member of the Al-Ahli Football Club; His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (third from left), Honourary Member of the Al-Ahli Football Club and Head of Financial Committee; Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (fourth from left); Al-Ahli Saudi FC President Mr. Ahmed Al Marzouki (fourth from right); Mr. Ayman Mansour Abdulgafar (second from right), Honourary Member of Al-Ahli Football Club; Mr. Abdullah Ajaj (second left), Board Member of Al-Ahli Football Club; Mr. Waleed Mouath (first left), Legal Advisor of Al-Ahli Football Club; Mr. Majed Fahmi (first right), Media Manager Al-Ahli Football Club.

Al-Ahli Saudi FC President Mr. Ahmed Al Marzouki said: “We at Al-Ahli Saudi FC are honoured to embark on a new journey with Qatar Airways for another three years of partnership. During the past years we reached several milestones, including winning the Saudi league and the King cup, as well as taking part in the historic Match of Champions against F.C. Barcelona  which attracted millions of football lovers around the region. I would like to thank Qatar Airways for this valued partnership. We look forward to celebrating many more success together in the future.”

Qatar Airways began operations to Saudi Arabia in 1997 with non-stop flights to Jeddah. The airline has added Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, Gassim, Ta’if, Al Hofuf and Abha to its portfolio of destinations, all non-stop to and from Doha, with connections to Qatar Airways’ destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways currently operates 151 weekly flights to eight key cities in Saudi Arabia. The addition of Yanbu will increase the number of Qatar Airways’ weekly flights to Saudi Arabia to 154 non-stop flights.

Known for introducing industry firsts, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 199 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Pictured at the official signing ceremony of the sponsorship agreement in Doha are Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (left) and President Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club, Mr. Ahmed Al Marzouki (right)

Pictured at the official signing ceremony of the sponsorship agreement in Doha are Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (left) and President Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club, Mr. Ahmed Al Marzouki (right)

Qatar Airways’ sponsorship renewal with Al-Ahli Saudi FC marks yet another milestone in the midst of an exciting array of recent announcements.

Qatar Airways’ sponsorship renewal with Al-Ahli Saudi FC marks yet another milestone in the midst of an exciting array of recent announcements.

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About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 199 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 199 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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