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Qatar Airways Sponsors Photographic Exhibition On Qatar's Unseen Natural Beauty

Doha, QATAR – On the occasion of World Environment Day, Qatar Airways is supporting a photographic exhibition portraying the State of Qatar’s unseen natural beauty, as the title sponsor. The three-day exhibition, to be held at the Hyatt Plaza Shopping Mall in Doha between 5 – 7 June, will have a broad range of spectacular images on show.

From the lush green mangrove plantation at Al Khor to the great natural wonder of Qatar – the beautiful inland sea – surrounded by glowing sand dunes and not to forget the country’s national symbol the Oryx antilope in the wild, visitors will be fascinated by the sheer variety of marvellous, mostly undiscovered sites Qatar has to offer.

The exhibition called “enVision” is organised by “Doha Koottam”, a group of Indian photographers. It aims to highlight the unspoilt natural places of Qatar, while at the same time addresses environmental issues and raises public awareness to protect these hidden natural gems.

The displayed photos will encourage Qatar’s public to appreciate the beauty of flora and fauna and emphasise on the importance to act in an environmentally-friendly way to ensure conservation of local surroundings.

The photographic exhibition kicks off on World Environment Day on June 5 – a major vehicle through which the United Nations (UN) seeks to raise awareness of the environment and boost political attention and action. This year’s theme is “Your planet needs you – unite to combat climate change”.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker commented: “We are delighted to support this photographic exhibition, which not only highlights Qatar’s natural heritage, but also gives us the opportunity to reflect on how important it is to care for the environment and preserve our pristine landscapes.”

“As an aviation industry leader, one of our key roles is to help lead the change towards environmental sustainability. The exhibition allows us to express our serious concern for the environment and allows us to make a genuine contribution to society as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme,” he added.

The exhibition is yet another milestone in Qatar Airways’ environmental efforts, which are part of the airline’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme “The Oryx Flies Green”. Qatar Airways’ staff recently participated in a beach clean-up campaign to remove debris at Al Wakra beach, one of many activities where the airline is taking a proactive approach to environmental conservation.

To tackle climate change, another step towards a sustainable development was recently taken by Qatar Airways when the airline signed a ground-breaking agreement with the aviation industry body IATA to offer passengers’ choice to join a global carbon offset trading scheme designed to help fund global environmental projects.

This summer, while the IATA system is put in place, Qatar Airways’ passengers can choose to pay voluntarily a little extra when booking their tickets in order to offset the carbon footprint for the particular flight being taken, with proceeds going towards international programmes recognised by non-government organisations.

The IATA system calculates the carbon footprint for different flight sectors and passengers are able to select which of the many programmes to support with the extra they contribute.

A number of international community projects in developing nations will benefit from the programme, which is yet another committed move by Qatar Airways as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.

The airline’s website features a dedicated section to its CSR initiatives, accessible through the following link www.qatarairways.com/csr

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 68 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 84 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.

During 2009, Qatar Airways will expand its global operations with the launch of 6 new routes – Sydney and Melbourne in Australia; Goa and Amritsar in India; and two further cities in Europe

Qatar Airways’ Economy Class has been voted Best in the World in the annual Skytrax passenger survey, in which more than 16 million travellers were polled. Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency also voted Qatar Airways’ cabin crew Best in the Middle East for the seventh year running in 2009 and Best Airline in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

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, by which the New Doha International Airport is expected to be open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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