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Tickets Go On Sale For Reach Out To Asia Charity Gala Dinner In Doha

Doha, QATAR – Organisers of the forthcoming Reach Out To Asia charity gala dinner have announced tickets have gone on sale for next month’s star-studded event and have unveiled a series of sponsorship packages for the night.

The high-profile exclusive event, which will attract well-known names from across the entertainment, sporting, political and social world, takes place at the Ritz-Carlton Doha on November 4, featuring full red-carpet Hollywood-style arrival of guests in the full glare of the international media.

The Reach Out To Asia gala dinner is being held under the auspices of The Heir Apparent, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Reach Out To Asia initiative, a non-government organisation based in Qatar, is chaired by his sister, Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Doha-based Qatar Foundation, together with 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, this year’s Reach Out To Asia charity dinner will further help turn the global spotlight on Qatar.

Tickets for next month’s gala dinner are priced from QR15,000 each to QR150,000 for a corporate table of 10, while the limited number of 18 exclusive VIP seats are available at US$60,000 each.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the celebrity auction on the night will go towards worthy causes for the underprivileged and disadvantaged, which Reach Out To Asia is supporting across Asia. Last year’s inaugural gala dinner raised US$10million for charitable causes and organisers are hoping to surpass this figure on November 4.

Sheikha Mayassa said: “Reach Out To Asia is gaining momentum for this very special second gala dinner and with just weeks left before the event, we look forward to welcoming sponsors onboard to make it a very memorable occasion which promises to raise much-needed funds for those in need.”

“The founders of Reach Out To Asia – Qatar Foundation, Qatar Airways and the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee – have worked tremendously hard to help put this important initiative on the map. Together with our other partners, Reach Out To Asia has extended its hand of friendship to those across Asia that have experienced serious social difficulties in terms of poverty, inadequate healthcare, homelessness, disease and natural disasters.”

In addition to the tickets, there are a number of special tiered sponsorship packages available to companies and organisations, which offer a range of varied privileges before, during and after the gala dinner.

The Platinum Sponsorship Package for US$500,000 gives one sponsor exclusive recognition during the opening ceremony of the gala dinner, strategic branding, promotional presence in literature, together with a number of other associated benefits.

The Gold Sponsorship Package, priced at US$300,000, and the Silver Sponsorship at US$250,000, are also available to only one organisation to ensure exclusivity. Together with these special packages, there are other opportunities available ranging from sole sponsorship of the reception or dinner to recognition for auctioned items and exclusive gift bags. Packages range from US$75,000 to US$200,000.

To donate to the Reach Out To Asia fund-raising drive, pledges can be made to the following account:-

Qatar National Bank, Doha, Qatar
Account: Reach Out To Asia
Account Number: 0035-004919-001

Funds raised from last year’s gala dinner, which attracted celebrated names such as former US President Bill Clinton and business tycoon 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.

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.

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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