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Qatar Airways Named Official Airline For Qatar Museums Authority

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has teamed up with the Museum of Islamic Art to bring some of the world’s best art critics to Doha for the museum’s November 22 grand opening.

The Museum of Islamic Art is the flagship project of Qatar Museums Authority, under the leadership of Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The museum’s opening celebrations will be a week-long affair, attracting a star-studded mix of celebrities and VIPs from around the world.

The museum opening is also highly anticipated in the international art scene, with a host of media expected to descend on Doha to experience first-hand one of the finest collections of Islamic art from and beyond the Arab world ever curated.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and Qatar Museums Authority Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Al-Najjar officially signed a sponsorship deal at the museum today, which will see the airline fly international art critics and top-tier media to Doha and experience its award-winning service.

Al Baker said that Qatar Airways welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the opening celebrations: “As the national airline of the State of Qatar, it is with great pride that Qatar Airways is involved in this important moment in the country’s history.”

“We are offering our full support to this dynamic cultural institution ensuring the international media see it first hand and provide the global coverage it deserves. The Museum of Islamic Art will draw visitors from around the world and, Qatar is set to benefit as a result.”

Qatar Museums Authority CEO Abdulla Al-Najjar added: “Our partnership with Qatar Airways means respected international media will experience the very best Qatar has to offer. After relaxing and enjoying Qatar Airways’ legendary 5-Star service on their journey to and from Doha, each influential editor and journalist will attend a glittering ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art, the world’s newest cultural landmark.

“We hope the new Museum will become a place for enjoyment, stimulation and dialogue – a place where what is important in our culture and society is openly debated, through exhibitions and a wide range of public programmes. In the same way, Qatar Airways promotes the State of Qatar as a global tourist destination, the Museum of Islamic Art will also attract many new visitors to Qatar.”

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

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

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