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Qatar Airways Signs Platinum Sponsorship Agreement With Reach Out To Asia

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways, one of the founders of the Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) charity drive, has signed a Gold sponsorship agreement with organisers of next month’s Gala Dinner in Doha, ensuring many of the invited celebrities and diginitaries fly with Qatar’s national airline.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker signed the agreement with Rashid Al-Naimi, Vice-President of Administration, Qatar Foundation, and Board Member of ROTA.

The sponsorship package provides Qatar Airways with the opportunity to present its high level credentials at the November 4 charity dinner being held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Tickets for the star-studded event, drawing names from across the entertainment, social, sporting and political world, are selling fast and organisers expect a huge turnout for what promises to be one of the most talked-about social events on Qatar’s calendar this year.

Further details of this year’s dinner, which will be preceded by a red-carpet arrivals ceremony under the full glare of the international media, will be unveiled over the next few days.

Qatar Airways joined forces with Qatar Foundation and the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) in 2005 to launch the Reach Out To Asia initiative. ROTA aims to raise funds and support the needs of the underprivileged and disadvantaged across the Asian continent, including the Middle East.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted, on behalf of the airline, to extend support to Reach Out To Asia.

“The organisers behind Reach Out To Asia have worked extremely hard to make this charity drive a huge success,” he said.

“Millions of dollars have been raised for special projects across Asia in the short few months since Reach Out To Asia was formed.

“Qatar Airways is delighted to have supported many of these projects indirectly and we are pleased to once again be sponsoring what promises to be a fabulous and memorable night on November 4 when proceeds from the Gala Dinner and auction will go towards worthy causes.

“Many of the celebrated guests from around the world will be flying with Qatar Airways and we look forward to extending our Five Star hospitality and service to our guests.”

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. Reach Out To Asia, a non-government organisation based in Qatar, is chaired by his sister, Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Last year’s inaugural gala dinner raised US$10million for charitable causes and organisers are hoping to surpass this figure on November 4. 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.

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

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
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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