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Qatar Airways Celebrates Qatar National Day 2021 with a Host of Special Delights and Themed Décor, Both On Board and at Hamad International Airport

16 December 2021

The national carrier of the State of Qatar will showcase its pride during the annual event with 

bespoke menus, festive decorations and celebratory additions to the customer experience

The airline also offers complimentry Super Wi-Fi to passengers across all cabins on Qatar National Day

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways will celebrate this year’s Qatar National Day by creating a host of special moments for passengers travelling both on board the ‘World’s Best Airline’, and via its home and hub Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Qatar National Day commemorates the founding of the State of Qatar on 18 December, 1878, by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, under whom Qatar became a single, coherent nation and an independent, unified country.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar National Day is a time to reflect on the nation’s incredible success and to celebrate its unique cultural identity. As the national carrier of the State of Qatar, we mark this day by extending our gratitude to our beloved country.

“We take pride in carrying the name ‘Qatar’ around the world, and our celebrations are a reflection of pride in our identity, embodying the nation’s values, spirit and vision.

“On behalf of the entire Qatar Airways Group, I wish you and your families a happy Qatar National Day.”

First and Business Class passengers will receive a warm welcome with a refreshing beverage created for this occasion – a  special ‘Berries Fizz’ drink, nicely complimented with a specially designed bespoke menu, featuring a range of flavoursome dishes and a choice of exclusive National Day inspired desserts. Passengers will also be presented with a box of rich Läderach chocolate to commemorate and celebrate this year’s festivities.

The Economy Class cabin will be dressed with Qatar National Day themed headrest covers, and passengers can select their meal preference from a bespoke digital menu, featuring a range of delicious dishes inspired by Qatari cuisine.

In addition, passengers flying with the airline on Qatar National Day will enjoy  complimentary Super Wi-Fi for the duration of their flights across all cabin classes.

Qatar National Day celebrations continue through to the Al Safwa First Class Lounge and Al Mourjan Business Lounge at HIA. Passengers can delight in the flower arrangements inspired by the colours of Qatar’s National flag whilst enjoying the traditional and aromatic Arabic coffee and dates, symbolic of hospitality and generosity. For those who wish to dine, the menu features Qatari culinary favourites which amongst many choices include Chicken Machboos, Chicken Maklouba, themed desserts, a special bread assortment, and signature mocktails.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivalled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to change their travel dates or destination as required.

Earlier this month, Qatar Airways earned the title of ‘World Class’ airline and ‘2022 Five Star Global Airline’ at the APEX/IFSA Awards, in addition to securing two additional awards including APEX Passenger Choice Awards® for Best Food & Beverage and Best Seat Comfort. Throughout the pandemic, the airline has been recognised for its continued emphasis on innovation and an unparalleled commitment to creating the most premium passenger experience in the industry.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, in addition to securing five additional awards including ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport, was also recently recognised as the ‘Best Airport in the World 2021’, ranking at number one in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021.

In addition to this, Qatar Airways has become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax. This follows the success of Hamad International Airport (HIA) as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These awards provide assurance to passengers across the world that the airline’s health and safety measures are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on board and at HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2022 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence having won the main prize for an unprecedented seventh time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022), while also being named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’.

Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 160 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in 2021 and 2022 consecutively. This year, Hamad International Airport has been ranked by Skytrax as the second-best airport in the world, and received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for the ninth time in a row, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’.

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