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Qatar Prepares To Host 2nd Gala Dinner As Part Of Reach Out To Asia Charity Drive

10 October 2006

Doha, QATAR – The State of Qatar is gearing up for one of the biggest charity events in the country with the second star-studded Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) gala dinner taking place in aid of the underprivileged and disadvantaged across Asia.

The charity event, drawing a guest list from the Who’s Who of the entertainment, sporting, social and political world, will be held on November 4 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha, capital of Qatar. The event is being held under the auspices of The Heir Apparent, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural charity gala dinner, during which more than US$10million was raised on the night for numerous worthy causes, organisers expect this year’s event to be just as glitzy and productive.

It will be a red carpet affair with guests arriving to a Hollywood style welcome under the glare of the cameras before sitting for the main event – a charity auction and dinner.

Funds raised from last year’s event, which attracted celebrated names such as former US President Bill Clinton and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, went towards helping victims of the 2004 tsunami in south-east Asia and the devastating earthquake 12 months ago that rocked Pakistan, killing more than 70,000 people.

Doha-based Qatar Foundation, national airline Qatar Airways and the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) teamed up in 2005 to launch Reach Out To Asia, a 10-year relief campaign to help the underprivileged across the Middle East and Asia. With just weeks to go before Qatar stages the 15th Asian Games in Doha, the Reach Out To Asia charity dinner will further help turn the global spotlight on Qatar.

The three organisations have been collectively working together throughout the year to support and drive the charity efforts of Reach Out To Asia, which has developed into a vibrant organisation operating under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development based at Education City in Qatar.

As a non-governmental organisation based in Qatar, Reach Out To Asia was founded under the patronage of The Heir Apparent, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and chaired by his sister, Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Sheikha Mayassa has been the guiding force behind the success of Reach Out To Asia, helping organise charitable events, fund-raising campaigns and visits to regions across Asia to help those in need.

“Reach Out To Asia has developed into a noble cause that has attracted interest from not just across the Middle East and Asia, but around the world,” she said.

“Qatar is a small country which has pooled its resources to extend its hand of friendship and assistance to those in need and, with the charity dinner being held on November 4, this will further cement our cause.

“We are looking forward to tremendous support from people locally to buy tickets for this worthy charity gala event on November 4, which promises to be bigger and better than last year. There is an impressive guest list of individuals drawn from all walks of life to grace this occasion which, again, will be a red carpet affair. Further details of guests attending will be unveiled shortly.”

Reach Out To Asia’s strategic location within Asia and the Middle East presents a unique opportunity to support its neighbouring countries as they overcome development difficulties. The diversity of Qatar’s own community, with more than 60 per cent of the expatriate population being of Asian origin, provides Reach Out To Asia with added impetus, insight and understanding of the various needs of the Asian continent, on which it focuses.

Qatar Foundation and its partners have been extending the hand of friendship and help to the many countries across Asia which have, and still are, experiencing serious social difficulties in terms of poverty, inadequate healthcare, homelessness, disease and natural disasters.

Significant Reach Out To Asia Achievements

  • Raising more than US$19 million through series of fund-raising events, including the Bryan Adams concert in Doha, Wheels ‘n’ Heels cycle ride and inaugural ROTA charity dinner

  • Resurrecting badly disrupted educational system, including the rebuilding of 19 destroyed schools in remote part of Kashmir following the Pakistan earthquake

  • Sending two planes of relief supplies, including blankets, sleeping bags and tents to Pakistan following the 2005 earthquake

  • Organising a volunteer group of students from Qatar to Pakistan to share educational activities with earthquake-affected schoolchildren

  • Sponsoring a library in Ache, Indonesia – an area devastated by the 2004 tsunami which killed more than 200,000 people

  • Rebuilding three schools destroyed by the recent earthquake that struck Indonesia

  • Organised the ‘Atfalouna’ fund-raising campaign to resume educational services in Lebanon

  • Establishing a knowledge network providing first class educational resources to developing communities within Asia in collaboration with world’s leading colleges and universities


About Qatar Foundation
Founded in 1995, Qatar Foundation is a private, non-profit organisation committed to the principle that a nation's greatest natural resource is its people. Qatar Foundation is headquartered in a unique Education City, an 800-hectare campus which hosts numerous progressive learning institutions and centres of research, including branch campuses of five of the world's leading universities.


About Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee
The Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) is charged with organising the 15th Asian Games being held in Doha over a two-week period between 1 - 15 December 2006. It is the first time the event is being staged in the Middle East and promises to the biggest in the history of the Asian Games. The Doha 2006 Games will welcome more than 10,000 athletes from 45 countries across Asia and tens of thousands of spectators from around the world.

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


Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
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E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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