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DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways this week celebrated the State of Qatar’s National Sports Day, a public holiday in Qatar designed to celebrate the values, traditions and benefits of sports.

Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker joined thousands of Qatar Airways employees and their family members on Tuesday 9 February in Doha to take part in a day of fun-filled activities, including football tournaments, basketball, cricket and much more.

As members of the Qatar Airways Group, employees are no strangers to the Group’s close alignment to sport, given the high profile sponsorships that the airline enjoys. From the recent Exxon Mobil Tennis Championships and the International Premier Tennis League - Asia, through to the airline’s high profile sponsorship of FC Barcelona, Qatar Airways has aligned itself with a variety of sporting partnerships around the world as it reflects the sentiment of ambition and team spirit within the core of the airline itself.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, commented: “I am proud that as a nation, sport is celebrated with a dedicated national holiday. Our government’s 2030 vision encourages the participation in a variety of cultural and sporting activities and as an airline, and as a commercial ambassador for my State, we have closely aligned ourselves to this vision. In doing so, and by partnering with key sports sponsorships, we reflect the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something that is at the core of our own brand message - Going Places Together.”

Qatar Airways currently sponsors FC Barcelona, Al Ahli Saudi Arabia FC, Qatar Stars League, Qatar Squash Federation, the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Asia, Pakistan Super Cricket League (PSL) and Asia and the Qatar Football Association.

Salam Al Shawa, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing, said: “Qatar National Sports Day is a wonderful opportunity for Qatar Airways to host a day of fun and activities for our staff and their families. Sport sponsorships are part of our global marketing image, and National Sports Day gives us a great opportunity to celebrate with our colleagues.”

The airline is one of the fastest growing in the world, operating one of the youngest fleets. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 176 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

For images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/albums/72157664358298951 

Notes to Editors:
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 176 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 2,000. 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 45 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 176 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes seven Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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

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