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Hats Off To Another Successful Season Of The Qatar Goodwood Festival

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Runners and riders celebrate the season’s racing, thanks to the partnership between Qatar Airways and the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club

Winning design of Ladies’ Day top hat chosen from scores of enthusiastic entrants


DOHA, Qatar – More than 100,000 horse-racing devotees attended the prestigious 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival during the course of the five-day event, helping maintain its reputation as one of the major sporting highlights of the ‘British Summer Season’.

Despite some wet weather, a sell-out crowd of more than 25,000 race-goers watched on the last day as top jockeys and their horses competed in one of the highlights of the UK’s flat racing season.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways’ partnership with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club has proved another winning combination for The Qatar Goodwood Festival, crowning a successful season for race-goers and horses alike.

“The UK is a very important market for us, so our association with The Qatar Goodwood Festival is always an excellent opportunity to engage with our premium customers and showcase Qatar Airways’ five-star products and services including our First Class seat, available on our A380 service between Doha and Heathrow.”

Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi, General Manager of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, said: “The success of The Qatar Goodwood Festival is always helped enormously by the partnership of Qatar Airways, which helps raise the profile of this magnificent event. We look forward to extending our partnership with Qatar Airways to ensure the airline becomes a firm fixture in the years to come.”

Adam Waterworth, the Goodwood Estate Sports Managing Director, said: “The partnership between Qatar Airways and the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club makes The Qatar Goodwood Festival a firm-favourite with race-goers. And despite some inclement weather the sun came out on the last day and the meeting finished on a real high. That’s what Goodwood is all about – great racing, great weather, and a fantastic atmosphere.”

The world-class field included two Qatari front-runners which took part in the Qatar Sussex Stakes, where a £1 million pot of prize money was on hand for the lucky winners.

World-famous jockey Frankie Dettori was riding Al Jazi, which was the winner of the L'Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes. Al Jazi is owned by Al Shaqab and trained by Francois Rohaut.

Meanwhile, Tayf was the winner of the Qatar International Stakes. Tayf is owned by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani trained by Alban de Mieulle and ridden by jockey Olivier Peslier.

It was also a photo-finish at the Qatar Airways competition to find the best hat worn on Ladies’ Day. Leading style influencer Hermione Olivia chose an off-white hat adorned with lilies for its elegant simplicity, and its lucky owner won of a pair of return Business Class tickets from the UK to Doha, plus five-star hotel accommodation provided by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. Entrants competed on Instagram using the hashtag #QatarAirways.

As well as offering a choice of 72 non-stop flights per week from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh to Doha and onwards to a network of more than 150 destinations worldwide, Qatar Airways will also start flying to Cardiff next year. The airline is launching 26 exciting new destinations around the world between now and the end of 2018, including; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, U.S.; and Santiago, Chile.

Multiple award-winning Qatar Airways was this year awarded Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards (the fourth time it has won this global accolade). Qatar’s national carrier also clinched Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

For images, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157683930676752

Notes to Editors:


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 200 aircraft. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named Airline of the Year by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

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, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, 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 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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