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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is bringing road racing action to the streets of Doha as the official airline sponsor of the UCI Road World Championships – Doha 2016, organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The world-class event is taking place in Doha against the striking backdrop of the Arabian Gulf and The Pearl – Qatar from 9-16 October 2016.

The renowned cycling race will see 1,000 racers from 75 countries compete for the prestigious title, cheered on by 30,000 fans and millions of spectators from all over the world. This annual cycling competition began in 1921, and the State of Qatar will be the first Middle East country to host the world famous event.

As the official airline sponsor of the race, Qatar Airways will fly competitors from all corners of the globe to take part, and Qatar Airways Cargo will transport hundreds of high-performance road bikes to Doha. Qatar Airways has an extensive route network with flights to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents, through the airline’s state-of-the-art home at Hamad International Airport.

The UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 is the latest in a series of high profile sporting events to be held in Qatar and supported by Qatar Airways. Doha’s annual sports calendar demonstrates the country’s growth as an international sports hub, and the value of sport in strengthening ties between nations and encouraging residents to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Qatar Airways is proud to support the country’s vision through the sponsorship of local and international sports events that raise the profile of Qatar as a global sports champion.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of the Organising Committee of UCI Road World Championships - Doha 2016 commented on the partnership: "We are delighted to introduce Qatar Airways as our official airline partner for the World Championships taking place in Doha from October 9th. Thousands of fans, cyclists, and sports officials will be descending on Doha for this high-profile World Championships event making Qatar Airways the perfect partner to bring the world to Doha.  Our event will feature a number of key landmarks across Qatar, including Qatar Foundation's Education City, Lusail, and the centre stage of our event, The Pearl-Qatar. It is due to the commitment of our partners, that this Championships event places Doha in the limelight for world of cycling."

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Commercial, for  GCC, Levant, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Africa and Indian Sub Continent -  Mr. Ehab Amin said: “ We are proud to be the official airline partner bringing the  UCI Road World Championships to the State of Qatar and to become the first Middle East country hosting the annual cycling race. Qatar Airways is committed to investing in the communities we serve through the sponsorship of sports, cultural and educational events. Qatar has a host of world-class sporting facilities, a rich history and warm hospitality, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of racers, participants and fans from all over the world to Doha to for this exciting event and a truly unforgettable experience.”

As a world leading airline Qatar Airways sponsors several high-profile sports events and teams around the globe including the world’s best football club FC Barcelona, Saudi Professional League winners Al Ahli Saudi Football Club, International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), and the Qatar Total Open, part of the Women’s Tennis Association Championships.

Qatar Airways flies a modern fleet of 190 aircraft to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. This year has seen Qatar Airways launch 10 new routes from its hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha. New destinations include: Los Angeles (USA), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney (Australia), Boston (USA), Birmingham (UK), Adelaide (Australia), Yerevan (Armenia), and Atlanta (USA), Marrakech (Morocco), and Pisa (Italy). From September, the airline will continue to add new destinations to its network, including Windhoek (Namibia), Helsinki (Finland), Krabi (Thailand), and Seychelles. .

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About the UCI Road World Championships – Doha 2016

From 9th to 16th October 2016, Doha is welcoming the UCI Road Cycling World Championships, Doha 2016, which will be held for the first time in the Middle East. More than 1000 riders from 75 countries, over 5700 participants who will be celebrating the spirit of Cycling sport during competitions and Mass Event “ The Race Starts Here “, where amateur and leisure cyclists are invited to ride on the circuit of the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 ,on Saturday, October 15th 2016.On a completely closed and safe course cyclists and families will enjoy this unique opportunity to try the 19 kilometers’ Road Circuit, used during the same week by the best riders of the World.

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
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
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