Doha, QATAR – In celebration of Garangao, the festival of children, Qatar Airways has teamed up with the Qatari Al Jasrah Cultural and Social Club to organise several celebratory events in numerous locations across Doha.
Hundreds of children dressed up in costumes to participate over the weekend in fun-packed activities, singing Garangao songs in popular locations such as Souq Waqif, City Centre Mall, and also in children’s wards of some local hospitals.
Qatar Airways airline officials attended the festive celebrations and helped distribute 10,000 goody bags filled with sweets and nuts to children, who had gathered for the special occasion.
Representatives of Qatar Airways also visited Qatar’s Orphan Foundation Dhreima to distribute gift bags to children at the orphanage. Last month, Qatar Airways took 100 Dhreima kids on a special flight over Qatar. It was the first time many of the children had been on an plane.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline regularly gets involved in Garangao and is always supportive of the country’s youth and cultural development.
“Qatar Airways is an avid supporter of community initiatives and continues to be a proud contributor to Garangao celebrations,” said Al Baker.
He highlighted that the Garangao night was a great opportunity to demonstrate the airline’s commitment to support the local community and to enable the young generation to be surrounded with a sense of true Qatari culture.
Added Al Baker: “As a country, Qatar is growing at a phenomenal rate and it is important that Qatari culture and heritage are not diluted through this change. Qatar Airways is mindful of this, and as the national carrier of the State of Qatar, we feel a duty to promote Qatari culture.”
Garangao is traditionally celebrated on the 14th day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and Qatar Airways’ support of this authentic Qatari tradition reflects the airline’s commitment to preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage and customs.
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