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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is proud to sponsor the CHI AL SHAQAB International Equestrian competition, a six-day event which will take place between the 10 and 15 March at the AL SHAQAB International Equestrian Club, Doha’s world-class equestrian venue.

The international equestrian competition, in just its second year, will see the world’s top riders compete across four different disciplines; Jumping, Dressage, Endurance and Vaulting. Members of the Qatari and GCC’s Royal Families are expected to attend, together with international VIPs of the equine sport and business world.

The exclusive equestrian market and strong Qatari bonds with equine heritage make for what will be a truly impressive event, with more than 10,000 spectators expected to visit the show, with all elements of the competition being broadcast live across major sporting channels.
The AL SHAQAB International Equestrian Club will also host a spectacular 9,000 sq metre plaza containing vendors, restaurants and entertainment suitable for all the family.
“Qatar Airways is delighted to lend its support to this leading equestrian event, which is set to see the elite of Doha society attending to soak up the atmosphere,” said Mr. Ehab Amin, Vice-President Commercial of the Doha-based airline.

AL SHAQAB International Equestrian Club was founded in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, to promote and enrich the nation’s traditional association with the Arabian horse. AL SHAQAB is a member of Qatar Foundation and serves as the Gulf’s premier venue for equestrian education, breeding and events.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations and currently flies a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 136 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, USA (June 10, 2014) and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014).

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Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar. Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 136 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.

Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, last June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has more than 280 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport, from early 2014. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.

For further information contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

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