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CNN Anchor Richard Quest Named Master Of Ceremonies For Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner

Doha, QATAR – Well-known international media personality Richard Quest is to be the official Master of Ceremonies for the second year running at next month’s Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) charity Gala Dinner.

Quest is one of CNN International’s most high profile TV broadcasters, presenting news, current affairs and business, reporting from all corners of the world. A familiar face on TV, London-based Quest also fronts his own monthly shows, Quest, and the lifestyle travel programme, CNN Business Traveller.

The Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner, 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 the State of Qatar. It is billed as a ‘must-attend’ social event of the year in Qatar.

The event is being held under the auspices of The Heir Apparent, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. His sister Her Highness Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has been the driving force behind Reach Out To Asia, a non-profit making government organisation based in Qatar.

Sheikha Mayassa said she was delighted to once again welcome Richard Quest to be the Master of Ceremonies at this year’s Gala Dinner.

“Richard Quest is a well known face and a celebrity in his own right. With his inimitable style of reporting from all corners of the globe, he has captured the attention of viewers around the world,” she said.

“We look forward to welcoming him, his presence, humour and huge personality in Doha on November 4 for what will be a night to remember. As Master of Ceremonies, Richard Quest promises to entertain a very special audience in his own very special way.

“With his own distinguished style and flair to excite a TV audience, I am sure he will be able to captivate guests at the charity dinner and get them to reach into their pockets and support such an important cause.”

Qatar Foundation, Qatar Airways and the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) joined forces last year to launch Reach Out To Asia to raise funds for the underprivileged and disadvantaged across Asia.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural charity gala dinner, at 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.

Reach Out To Asia looks to extend the hand of friendship and help ease the plight of the suffering in many countries across Asia which are experiencing serious social difficulties in terms of poverty, inadequate healthcare, homelessness, disease and natural disasters, such as last year’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan, which killed more than 70,000 people.

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, and official partner of the forthcoming 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, currently operates an extensive network of flights across Asia. Through Reach Out To Asia, Qatar Airways – a sponsor of CNN’s ‘Quest ‘ programme – is demonstrating its social commitment to give back to the many communities of the countries it serves.

Added Sheikha Mayassa: “Reach Out to Asia is the best way to show compassion to the 45 participating countries in the Asian Games, and to encourage the involvement of the Qatari community for Doha’s largest ever sporting event.

“By working together we are pledging to bring a ray of light into the hearts and minds of those in need and provide just a little something to ease their pain and suffering.”

Reach Out To Asia has flourished into a vibrant organisation operating under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development based at Education City in Qatar.

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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