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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways brought its participation in Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 to a conclusion on 28 April, marking another successful year at the market-leading international travel and tourism event. Throughout the event, thousands of visitors experienced Qatar Airways’ renowned hospitality at its impressive two-storey stand, while exploring the potential to travel the world through the airline’s network of more than 150 destinations.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Arabian Travel Market is one of the most anticipated events in the calendar for the opportunities it brings, and 2016 has proved to be no exception. The aviation and tourism sector in the Middle East is thriving; we are exceeding in every area, and we are setting new standards for customers’ expectations whenever and wherever they fly. Qatar Airways is proud to be amongst the world’s trendsetters – indeed, we are proud to be the ‘World’s Best Airline’, a title that we have achieved through our commitment to continuously going one step above to satisfy our customers and prompt the evolution of the aviation industry.”

On day one of ATM, H.E. Mr. Al Baker held a press conference to announce the launch of a luxurious new lounge in Dubai International Airport, proof of the airline’s commitment to the local market and valued UAE customers.

During ATM, Qatar Airways welcomed industry leaders and dignitaries to its stand. H.E. Mr. Al Baker also took centre stage in a capacity-crowd session hosted by celebrity Chair John Strickland, to offer unique insight and updates on some of the industry’s hottest topics including innovation and security.

H.E. Mr. Al Baker also spoke about the impressive roster of new destinations Qatar Airways will launch in 2016. These include Adelaide (Australia); Atlanta (USA); Auckland (New Zealand) – the world’s longest flight; Douala (Cameroon); Helsinki (Finland); Krabi (Thailand); Libreville (Gabon); Lusaka (Zambia); Marrakech (Morocco); Nice (France); Pisa (Italy); Sarajevo (Bosnia); Seychelles; Windhoek (Namibia), and Yerevan (Armenia). Earlier this year, Qatar Airways began flying to Los Angeles (USA); Ras Al Khaimah (UAE); Sydney (Australia), Birmingham (UK), and Boston (USA).

On 28 April, coinciding with the official launch of Dubai International Airport’s new Concourse D, H.E. Mr. Al Baker hosted His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, around the newly-opened Qatar Airways Premium Lounge. Located on Concourse D, the lounge is available to Qatar Airways First and Business Class passengers and Privilege Club Platinum and Gold members. The Dubai Premium Lounge is a modern and sophisticated space where travellers can relax and rejuvenate before their journey. It is decorated with artistic Arabic calligraphy, Mediterranean-style tiles and calming water fountains, featuring private family areas, shower facilities, spacious seating areas and an international cuisine buffet.

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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 184 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.

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.

In 2015 Qatar Airways launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 3,000. 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 five-star airline’s on-board Wifi and GSM service.

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 184 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330, nine Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

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