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Doha, QATAR – Local and international companies are putting their full support behind the ‘Reach Out To Asia’ charity drive being officially launched this week with a gala dinner in the Qatari capital, Doha, on November 16.Following the announcement of the charity initiative six weeks ago by Qatar Foundation, Qatar Airways and the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee, a number of local companies have rallied to offer financial support and back the campaign as Platinum sponsors.They are: - Commercial Bank, Alfardan Group of Companies, Midmac Contracting, Qatar Insurance Company, Qatar National Bank, United Development Company, Qatar National Hotels, Qtel, Qatar Tourism Authority, Hassan Ali Bin Ali, CNN and Airbus.The November 16 gala dinner taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Doha, will include a live charity auction of items donated by international football clubs, soccer stars, as well as business houses to raise much-needed funds for those in need.Canadian rock star Bryan Adams will be a guest of honour at the star-studded launch event attended by personalities from the world of sport, showbusiness, politics and Royalty. The event is the biggest of its kind ever held in Qatar and, for the first time, will feature ‘red carpet’ celebrity arrivals often associated with movie premieres.‘Reach Out To Asia’ is aimed at Qatar extending the hand of friendship and help to the many countries across the Asian continent which are experiencing serious social difficulties in terms of poverty, inadequate healthcare, homelessness, disease and natural disasters, such as last year’s devastating tsunami and recent earthquake in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Over the next few weeks and months, the three organisations will work collectively to drive the fund-raising efforts, which will involve a series of high-profile events in Doha, including charity concerts and exclusive gala dinners – the first of which takes place on November 16. With Doha hosting the Asian Games in December 2006, Qatar’s focus on the Asian continent is more relevant than ever before.‘Reach Out To Asia’ has been put together under the auspices of Her Highness Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, daughter of the Emir of Qatar. The inaugural charity dinner takes place under the patronage of The Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani – who is also chairperson of the Asian Games – and Her Excellency Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Sohaim Al Thani.Sheikha Mayassa said: “Reach Out to Asia is gathering momentum and I am extremely delighted, on behalf of the organising committee of this very important charity drive, to have the full backing of leading local and international companies.“The success of ‘Reach Out To Asia’ is dependent on the generosity of our many company sponsors, as well as individuals and it is wonderful to see the high level of support we are getting to make this event and campaign one to remember.”Doha-based Qatar Foundation will run and manage ‘Reach Out to Asia’ in line with the Foundation’s mission to promote education, science and community development in Qatar.Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, and official partner of the Asian Games Doha 2006, operates an extensive network of flights across Asia. In supporting the ‘Reach Out To Asia’ charity drive, the airline is committed to give back to communities of the countries it flies to.
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
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