Doha, QATAR – In celebration of Garangao, the festival of children, Qatar Airways teamed up with the Qatari Al Jasrah Cultural and Social Club to organise several celebratory events across numerous locations in Doha last night.
Activities centred around the city’s popular Souq Waqif, City Centre Mall, as well as children’s wards of local hospitals, including Hamad Hospital in Doha.
Qatar Airways’ participation in Garangao, traditionally celebrated on the 14th day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, reflects the airline’s support of local traditions and its commitment to preserve Qatar’s rich cultural heritage and customs.
Qatar Airways airline officials headed up by Senior Vice-President for Qatar, Fathi Al Shehab attended the festive celebrations and helped distribute 10,000 goody bags filled with sweets and nuts to local children, who had gathered for the special occasion.
Hundreds of children in specially prepared outfits participated in the activities, singing Garangao songs.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “As the national carrier of the State of Qatar, we are only delighted to be part of this joyous occasion. The country’s culture and traditions are very close to my heart and Garangao is a great opportunity to show our commitment to Qatar’s culture and supporting a festival for children.”
He further expressed his happiness, that as more and more organisations were trying to keep the tradition alive by re-enforcing Garangao culture, the custom would be passed on to the younger generations.
Added Al Baker: “I am delighted to see this cultural tradition becoming more popular year on year among the children of Qatar. Qatar Airways’ participation in the Garangao celebrations marks our strong belief in supporting the local community.”
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 63 aircraft to 83 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.
Earlier this year, the airline began scheduled services between Doha and the southern Chinese industrial city of Guangzhou. During the summer, the airline introduced daily flights linking the Qatari capital with Kozhikode in southern India.
Starting December 8, Qatar Airways is to launch scheduled flights to Houston which, at 17 hours, will be one of the longest flights in the world non-stop from Doha.
Qatar Airways is one of an elite group of airlines with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry research company. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the sixth year running in 2008 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers. During the 2007/08 financial year, Qatar Airways carried around 10 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. During 2007, Qatar Airways ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s. The airline has ordered five of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ for delivery from 2010. In 2008 the airline also ordered 6 Airbus A321 during Farnborough Airshow. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2011, when the first phase of the new facility is due to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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