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Qatar Airways Promotes Qatari Culture In Tokyo

Tokyo, JAPAN – A feast of Qatari culture and entertainment celebrating the arrival of Qatar Airways in the Japanese market has been at the centre of attention in one of Tokyo’s most fashionable districts.

The outdoor entertainment arena within the shopping complex of Roppongi Hills was turned into three packed days of music, song, dance, and arts and crafts.

A large bedouin Qatari tent pitched in the arena drew up to 1,000 visitors each day, keen to watch and participate in the specially-laid on entertainment.

It was a culmination of a busy few months to celebrate Qatar Airways’ new flights between Doha and Osaka, launched on March 31, with four services a week.

A group of 17 folk dancers, musicians and traditional craftsmen and women were flown by Qatar Airways to Japan for the Tokyo event which was aimed at showcasing Qatari culture in the Japanese market.

Visitors were given a taste of Arabic hospitality, served with Arabic coffee and given an opportunity to try out traditional costumes and join in the entertainment.

Many girls and women flocked to the tent to see demonstrations of henna and even have their hands painted in the eastern art form, which is regularly used at weddings.

The entertainment, which also attracted considerable local media interest, drew in VIP visitors from local authorities, as well as Ambassadors representing many Tokyo-based embassies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Qatar Airways staff were on hand to distribute information on the airline, including gifts and brochures to visitors.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Office Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted at the turnout, describing it as a resounding success.

“The curiosity of the people of Japan was evident at this special event which I hope not only brought Qatar closer to the Japanese public, but gave them a better insight into our country and our traditions,” he said.

“Qatar Airways was delighted to organise the event and fly so many wonderful entertainers to Tokyo with a touch of Arabic hospitality.

“Since Qatar Airways launched scheduled flights to Osaka at the end of March, we have enjoyed considerable success on the route and look forward to expanding our services over time.”

Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com





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