Doha, QATAR – A dream literally took off when Qatar Airways invited 100 children on a specially organised flight over Qatar.
The joint initiative was aimed at bringing fun and joy into the lives of children – many from the Qatar Orphan Foundation “Dhreima” – and to contribute to the organisation’s activity programme set up to entertain the kids over the summer holidays.
In line with the airline’s active programme working with the local community, the 45-minute flight took the children, their aides and local media on a journey over the State of Qatar.
Most of the children, aged between 5 and 16 years, have never flown before, resulting in an air of excitement and anticipation as the crowds gathered at Doha International Airport for the special Airbus A321 flight.
Welcomed by Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, who joined the event with Dhreima’s General Director Khaled Kamal, the children were left with a great moment to treasure.
To make the experience true to life, boarding passes were given out by the airport’s ground handling staff before the airline’s special guests entered the plane, and Qatar Airways’ cabin crew provided the superior Five Star service which the airline is renowned for worldwide.
Special inflight kids meals were served and all children received the airline’s Oryx backpacks filled with fun items to keep them entertained during their next flights.
Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways has a long tradition of supporting charitable projects and this includes playing an active part in the community we serve. To see the faces of these children laughing and smiling shows that we made a significant difference in their lives and gave them a new outlook towards their future.
“Through this life-time experience, children will see that it is worthwhile reaching for the stars and that dreams can become reality. Who knows, some of you might one day be working for Qatar Airways as a pilot or an engineer and we hope to have sparked interest and inspired you to pursue ambitions.”
Dhreima General Director Khaled Kamal added: “We are delighted to partner with Qatar Airways to raise awareness among the community for underprivileged children.
“This big-hearted gesture by Qatar Airways for the kids of the Qatar Orphan Foundation has been an amazing experience for the children, and has brought bright smiles to their faces, and in fact, to everyone involved.”
Dhreima is a Doha-based public organisation launched in 2003 under the auspices of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. Its vision is to be the best organisation in the Arab world providing care and accommodation for children who have been orphaned and ensuring a decent life. Since Dhreima considers families to be the best environment for children to be raised in, the institution’s main goal is to accommodate orphans with foster families, who receive support from the foundation, for instance through field visits from Dhreima staff.
The Qatar Orphanage Foundation has established an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org to which potential foster families and the general public can send enquiries for information. A website has also been set up where people can find more information, resources and seek advice www.q-orphans.org
Doha-based Qatar Airways has a strong record in supporting humanitarian initiatives, having sent aid to victims of the 2006 tsunami that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in south-east Asia. The airline has also delivered humanitarian aid to Darfur in Sudan, as well as offered to help re-build schools in China following the devastating earthquake in Sichuan province in 2007 and also supporting the rebuilding efforts of victims of the strong tremors in Pakistan a year earlier in which thousands of people lost their lives.
Qatar Airways delivered three cargo plane loads of humanitarian aid to Gaza in 2008/09 as part of the relief efforts of the Qatari government. The airline employs over 14,000 people from 83 nationalities, and has offices in 90 countries around the world making Qatar Airways a truly international airline.
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