Doha, QATAR – Rolls Royce and Bentley car enthusiasts, in Doha for the start of a Gulf-wide touring rally, were special invited guests of Qatar Airways for a dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Qatar Airways is the official airline for the Arabian Gulf Adventure, a Rolls Royce and Bentley car owners’ tour, and the first tour of its type in the Middle East.
The Rolls Royce and Bentley car owners Arabian Gulf Adventure takes in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Dubai over a three week period. Over 70 cars are involved in the tour which is only the third rally of its kind in the world.
During the dinner reception, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker extended a warm welcome to the touring party, saying that there was no better place to start their drive than in Doha at the very heart of the Arabian Gulf.
“Qatar Airways is honoured to be the official carrier. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the State of Qatar, its rich cultural heritage, its magnificent landscape and above all, our Arabian hospitality for which this region is renowned.”
Al Baker received loud applause from the gathered guests as the airline CEO highlighted Qatar Airways’ award-winning product. The touring enthusiasts had all recently experienced Qatar Airways’ service, having arrived in Doha a few days prior and subsequently enjoying sightseeing around the city. The driving tour of the GCC kicks off on Friday with the cavalcade heading south to Saudi Arabia.
Tour organiser Peter Cameron, who was the mastermind behind two previous tours held in Malaysia and Borneo, spoke of his strong connection to Qatar, and highlighted the warmth and hospitality of the Qatari people.
“Every flight I’ve taken with Qatar Airways has been fantastic, from their ground staff all the way to the leaving the aircraft. It is truly a five-star airline.
“You’ll not find a warmer welcome than in the State Of Qatar. On behalf of the tour, I would like to thank Qatar Airways for their support, and believe me when I say it has been significant, and we greatly appreciate their endeavour in making this once in a lifetime opportunity a reality,” said Cameron.
Cameron thanked all the sponsors involved in the evening, which also saw several of the touring cars showcased on the lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel. He reiterated that the tour would not have been possible without the support and logistics of a number of individuals and companies.
Official airline Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 67 Boeing and Airbus aircraft serving 83 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. The airline currently has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.
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 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 was named as having the ‘World’s Leading Business Class’ by the World Travel Awards in December 2008 and 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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