Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is again honoured to be a part of the State of Qatar’s National Day by supporting the annual December 18 celebration.
The airline has announced it will be an official Silver Sponsor of the event which is becoming increasingly popular with Qataris and expatriates living in the Gulf state.
A week-long list of activities has been taking centre stage in the lead up to the December 18 commemoration date, which marks the day that Sheikh Jasim bin Muhammad bin Thani came to power in 1878. Sheikh Jasim went on to found the modern-day State of Qatar.
The National Day celebrations will reach a climax during a 17-minute fireworks display over Doha’s Corniche on December 18, billed as a pyrotechnic extravaganza that tells the story of modern Qatari life.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that National Day was an important time for all Qataris, as well as expatriates who live and work in the country and have adopted Qatar as their home.
“Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar and continues its strong tradition of proudly flying the Qatari flag around the world,” he said.
“The airline supports Qatar’s ambitions to be recognised on the international stage and also plays a key role at home by backing important initiatives such as recognising and celebrating our National Day.
“It is a privilege for me to be able to contribute to the celebrations of the founding of our great country. Qatar Airways looks forward to growing this tradition along with all of Qatar,” he said.
The State National Day Celebrations Organising Committee said that the National Day celebrations will “recognise and celebrate what it means to live in modern day Qatar.”
Qatar Airways December edition of its in-flight magazine Oryx features an editorial on National Day, focussing on the celebrations and commemoration of the December 18 landmark day in Qatari history.
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