Doha, QATAR – The State Of Qatar’s newest attraction, the Museum of Islamic Art is already an iconic cultural landmark and will continue to earn worldwide praise, according to Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
The airline’s CEO was speaking during a luncheon where senior officials from the airline hosted around 90 international media from around the world, in Doha for the highly anticipated museum opening.
The Museum of Islamic Art is the flagship project of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), and was inaugurated over the weekend by Qatar’s Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in an opening ceremony that featured heads of state and invited celebrities from across the globe.
As the Official Airline for the QMA, Qatar Airways flew in top international media and art critics to Doha for the historic occasion. The invited media were among the first in the world to walk through the museum’s galleries, filled with what is being touted as the finest collection of Islamic art ever assembled.
“It is an honour for Qatar Airways to have partnered with the Qatar Museums Authority for the opening of this outstanding museum,” said Al Baker.
“This great cultural landmark will draw patrons from around the world to Doha, and it is a time of great celebration of the region’s rich culture and heritage.”
Al Baker used the opportunity to highlight Qatar Airways’ extraordinary growth since its re-launch in 1997, emphasising that the airline’s current fleet size of 64 Airbus and Boeing aircraft is set to double within the next five years.
He said Qatar Airways current order for 200 aircraft worth around US$40 billion demonstrated the airline’s aggressive expansion strategy, which includes moving to the New Doha International Airport in 2011.
“Doha is moving at a rapid pace, having the fastest growing economy in the world, and Qatar Airways is proud to be among the companies at the forefront of this development,” added Al Baker.
About Qatar Airways: Doha-based Qatar Airways flies to 83 destinations worldwide with a fleet of 64 aircraft and 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 one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012. At the Farnborough Air Show in July, the airline also ordered six Airbus A321s. Qatar Airways is due to move to the New Doha International Airport in 2011, when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. 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 sixth year running in 2008 and the airline was voted Best in the Middle East for the third year in a row following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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