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Qatar Airways Group’s Hospitality Projects Recognised for Excellence in Sustainability

The upcoming Ras Abrouq has already achieved a remarkable 4 Stars rating under GSAS Design & Build certification and a Class B rating under GSAS Construction Management certification by the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development

 

The tranquil Fuwairit Kite Beach resort has received a 3 Stars rating under the GSAS Design & Build certification and a Class B rating under the GSAS Construction Management certification

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Group’s Fuwairit Kite Beach (FKB) and Ras Abrouq hotels have received recognition by the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) for achieving meticulous sustainability standards outlined by the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). GORD is a Research, Development, and Innovation entity overseeing the development and implementation of GSAS.

 

FKB is a world-class destination for kite sports in the north of Qatar. The resort is awarded with a 3 Stars rating under the GSAS Design & Build certification, and a Class B rating under the GSAS Construction Management certification, highlighting Qatar Airways Group's commitment to environmental conservation.

 

Ras Abrouq is an oasis in the desert which has achieved a remarkable 4 Stars rating under GSAS Design & Build certification, and a Class B rating under GSAS Construction Management certification. The upcoming resort's sustainable practices are in line with Qatar Airways Group's objective of contributing to a greener future.

 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, remarked: “Qatar Airways Group proudly supports sustainability and environmental preservation efforts in the country in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. We are honoured to receive leading recognition by GORD for the construction and design of the world-class Fuwairit Kite Beach and the upcoming Ras Abrouq resort, and remain committed to working together to deliver sustainable hospitality offerings for the national tourism industry.”

 

Founding Chairman of GORD, Dr. Yousef Alhorr, said: “Tourism and hospitality projects can shape global perceptions by not only showcasing the rich culture of the host nation but also embodying its fundamental ethos, such as sustainability. With GSAS’ prestigious certifications, Fuwairit Kite Beach and Ras Abrouq have emerged as shining examples of projects that support ecologically responsible tourism in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. These projects are a testament that Qatar's commitment to sustainability is unequivocal and transcends all sectors.”

 

Qatar Airways continually explores and implements initiatives to establish sustainable business operations. It was the first airline in the Middle East to be certified to the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme, which is based on recognised environmental management system principles (such as ISO 14001).

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About GORD

The Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) is an RDI entity recognized among leading organizations in the global sustainability milieu. Headquartered in Qatar Science and Technology Park, GORD drives the transformation of societies, industries, and the built environment by influencing corporate ethos, fostering innovation, and developing capacity to enable low-carbon sustainable growth for present and future generations. The organization’s key operations include R&D, standards setting, green buildings certification, accreditation services, voluntary carbon markets, performance testing, knowledge dissemination and advisory services on sustainability and climate change for governments, non-government, public and private sector organizations. 

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's Best Business Class Lounge' and 'World's Best Business Class Lounge Dining' at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the 'World’s Best Airline' voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022). As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways was recently voted the 'World’s Best Airline Website' by World Travel Tech Awards.

Qatar Airways was the first Airline in the Middle East to be certified to the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme, based on recognised environmental management system principles (such as ISO 14001). As an inaugural signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016, Qatar Airways became the first airline globally to be certified to the industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation.

Qatar Airways currently flies to nearly 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, the ‘World’s Best Airport’, as voted by Skytrax in 2021, 2022, and 2024. In 2024, Hamad International Airport also received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for 10 consecutive years, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second year in a row.

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