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Qatar Airways Welcomes 2,000 Delegates from 100 Countries to Doha for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

The eighth WISE global summit will host some of the world’s greatest leaders in education

International conference aims to improve education globally


DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has partnered with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) as the Official Carrier of the high-profile two-day global conference. WISE has invited some of the world’s greatest leaders in the fields of education, technology and media to Doha to facilitate discussions about the future of education, taking place from 14 November until 16 November.

Established by Qatar Foundation under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, in 2009, the highly-anticipated bi-annual conference will host 2,000 top education experts from 100 different countries around the world during the next two days at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to welcome thousands of the world’s most creative education leaders and professionals to Qatar for this important summit, which has implications for the future of education. We strongly support any initiative that promotes learning, as we believe education is vital to the world’s future. Qatar Airways is very pleased to bring people together for WISE, and to contribute to the improvement of education across the globe."

Chief Executive Officer of WISE, Mr. Stavros N. Yiannouka, said: “We are very pleased to acknowledge Qatar Airways as the Official Carrier for the 2017 World Innovation Summit of Education, where dedicated leaders and education change makers from around the world will debate the future of education. WISE is committed to partnering with organisations that prioritise well-being and social responsibility. In this regard, we are happy to join forces with Qatar Airways, with whom we share a commitment to an ever more connected world of co-existence and co-creation.”

This year’s conference theme, 'Co-exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together' will see delegates discuss the importance of global educational and social challenges in an uncertain world. The main speakers at the conference include influential journalists, professors, chief executives and senior university administrators, who will share their experiences and recommendations with delegates. Several hands-on workshops and labs will also be run by international organisations for both adults and children to encourage interactive debates.

Qatar Airways takes its responsibilities as a corporate citizen very seriously, and since 2013 has been a proud supporter of the Educate A Child programme. Educate A Child was launched in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser as a global programme of the Education Above All Foundation to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education.

Passengers on board Qatar Airways flights are encouraged by cabin crew to contribute what they can to this very deserving initiative. The programme is also highlighted on Qatar Airways’ airline’s inflight entertainment system, inflight magazines, website and social media channels.

Qatar’s national carrier operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The airline is launching a host of exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand and Cardiff, U.K, to name just a few.

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 fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including St. Petersburg, Russia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Canberra, Australia and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 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 4,000 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 more than 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 more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747-8 freighter.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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