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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has been named the Official Airline Sponsor for the 24th men’s handball world championship tournament to be held in Doha.

The strategic partnership has been announced as Qatar 2015 ramps up its preparations to host the first international handball championship tournament which runs from 15th January until 1st February 2015.

As the Official Airline Sponsor, Qatar Airways will play a key role for the Championship, as international teams and sports fans will travel to Doha for what will be a hugely popular event, with 24 participating countries qualified for the tournament including the host nation of Qatar.

The contract of mutual agreement was signed by Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President Commercial – Qatar, Mr. Ehab Amin and Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, Director General of the Qatar 2015 Organising Committee (MWHCOC), at a press conference held in Doha today.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Mr. Ehab Amin, Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President Commercial – Qatar said: “We are very proud to be working with the Organising Committee of the 24th men’s handball world championship and look forward to playing our part in enabling Qatar to successfully host this major international championship. Qatar Airways has a strong history of association with large-scale sporting events locally and globally, and we firmly believe in their power to enrich communities and bring sports fans together from around the world.”

Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, Director General of the Qatar 2015 organising committee, said: “Partnering with Qatar’s national carrier for the upcoming tournament speaks volumes about the commitment to enrich the overall experience for both players and spectators of the Championship. We under the leadership of H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Organising Committee, would like to thank Qatar Airways for its support and will continue to strive to work with Qatar’s leading companies to provide a unique experience for all.”

Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar’s national airline, has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 137 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways:

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 14,250 daily departures.

Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2014 World Airline Awards held during the Farnborough Air Show in the UK. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class for the second year consecutively, World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge for the second year consecutively and, Best Airline in the Middle East for the eighth time.

At the Farnborough Air Show, the airline placed an order for 100 Boeing 777X aircraft, taking Qatar Airways’ orders to more than 340 aircraft with a value of US $70 billion. For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

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For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

About Qatar 2015 24th Men's Handball World Championship:

The 24th Men's Handball World Championship will take place in Doha from 15 January to 1 February 2015. 

With the participation of 24 countries from all over the world, the biennial Men’s Handball World Championship is the biggest and one of the most important international events in Olympic sport. Handball is one of the most dynamically developing Olympic sports and enjoys a continuously increasing fan base worldwide.

In alignment with the Qatar National Vision 2030, the state of Qatar has geared up to become one of the leading states in the fields of sports legacy development and sports events in the world. Qatar aims to create awareness for the sport of handball and further increase the global profile of the sport, through the successful organisation of this high profile sporting event under the leadership of H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Organising Committee and in close collaboration with the International Handball Federation (IHF). 

The Committee’s vision, goals and key milestones include ensuring community participation, upholding the traditions of Qatar and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle by engaging the current and next generations in Qatar in the “Game of Fast”, the future of the sport of handball.

Live it. Win it.

For more information visit:www.qatarhandball2015.com

Twitter: @2015Handball
Instagram: @2015Handball

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