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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is cheering on Team Qatar athletes as the official airline partner of the largest-ever Qatari Olympic team. The men and women will compete in beach volleyball, equestrian, boxing, swimming, athletics, weightlifting, shooting, judo, handball and table tennis.

As the official airline of Team Qatar the carrier is also sponsoring Bayt Qatar, a hospitality house designed to provide a Qatari cultural element to the events.

Bayt Qatar’s venue is designed to “bring the soul of Qatar to the heart of Rio”, according to the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC). Located in Casa Daros, a former museum, the venue will provide a special Garangao night for children, featuring an outdoor souq and special exhibitions and film screenings. Qatar Airways will also host a photo corner and booth where guests can experience the airline’s hospitality.

A social media campaign promoting the QOC’s presence. is currently running using the hashtag #YallaQatar, and led by the President of the QOC His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani. The Committee is running the social media campaign so that Qatar residents can post their encouragement to the country’s athletes and share their thoughts about the competition.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are so proud to be supporting the Qatar national team and to be present in Rio.

“As the national airline of the State of Qatar, we are committed to growth and development and supporting the communities in which we serve through various initiatives including sport, culture, education. The entire airline group will be cheering for Team Qatar and wishes them well every step of the way.”

Commenting on QOC’s partnership with Qatar Airways, His Excellency Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al-Kuwari, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee said: “It is a very exciting time for Olympic sport in Qatar and we are thrilled to join have such a supportive partner join us ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Our Team Qatar athletes have been working incredibly hard to ensure they are in the best shape of their lives and this support will give them a timely boost in the final stages of their training. We hope that the whole nation will join Qatar Airways in getting behind our athletes and celebrate their incredible achievements in the true spirit of Olympism.”

Qatar Airways Cargo has also supported the Qatar Olympic team, transporting over 12 tonnes of equipment and other specialised items.

A Facebook contest is currently offering one lucky winner the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to travel to Rio to watch Team Qatar the Olympic Games.

Fans are encouraged to like and comment on the Team Qatar video on the QOC’s Facebook page and to insert the hashtag ‪#‎YallaQatar‬‬‬‬‬‬ for the chance to win a round-trip pair of Business Class tickets from Doha to Brazil flying with Qatar Airways, as well as hotel accommodation for five nights in a five-star hotel, two Samsung mobile phones with an international data package, tickets to the Rio Olympic Games to cheer on Team Qatar and unlimited access to Bayt Qatar. ‬‬‬‬

The winner of the Facebook contest will be selected at random on Tuesday 9 August.

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About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 190 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

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’ inflight 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 as well as 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 is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects 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 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 190 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 10 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200, Fax: +974 40225350

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