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The ‘Match for Hope’ Comes to a Thrilling Conclusion with Team Chunkz Victory

The funds raised from the match will be donated to Education Above All projects around the world

 

DOHA, Qatar –  Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free are proud to have supported ‘Match for Hope’, an initiative that connected world-renowned football legends and content creators for a friendly football match dedicated to raising funds for disadvantaged children and communities. The match was brought to its thrilling conclusion by the Chunkz win against AboFlah.

 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: "As one of the world’s leading airlines, we are proud to unite people through the power of sports and ensure our collective responsibility towards fostering a better tomorrow for disadvantaged communities globally. Today’s Match for Hope attracted thousands of people to join in our efforts as a country to promote peace, education, and respect for all, and we remain committed to organising more social events in the future in support of our communities.”

 

The two teams were comprised of famous content creators and World Cup football legends for a showdown match in the 45,000-capacity stadium, which has hosted seven matches during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, and seven matches during the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023.

 

Renowned social media influencers AboFlah and Chunkz came together to lead their respective teams for a live football match. The teams featured acclaimed football players including David Villa, Didier Drogba, Ricardo Kaká, and Roberto Carlos, coached by Antonio Conte and Arsène Wenger. All players participated in the Match for Hope on a pro bono basis.

 

The funds raised will be spread across multiple projects from Education Above All (EAA) in Mali, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Sudan, and Tanzania, for constructing classrooms, providing academic materials, connecting families to social programmes, teacher mentorship trainings, and more.

 

The Match for Hope event built on the legacy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, bringing people together for a common goal of peace and education through football. The event was organised by Q Life, the cultural platform under the State of Qatar’s International Media Office (IMO), in collaboration with Education Above All (EAA), and Qatar Football Association (QFA). Qatar Airways, Visit Qatar and Qatar Duty Free were the official partners of this philanthropic match. As a key player in Qatar’s sports industry, Qatar Duty Free strengthens its commitment to supporting initiatives that highlight the unifying power of sport.

 

The Education Above All Foundation is a global foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. EAA aims to transform lives through education and create the right conditions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals for disadvantaged children and communities.

 

Learn more about Match for Hope: match4hope.com

 

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About Qatar Duty Free:

 

Featuring over 200 retail and dining outlets, Qatar Duty Free (QDF) is creating a new airport experience while reinventing airport shopping and dining for a new generation of travellers. Since its initial conception in 2000, with less than 50 staff members, QDF has grown to over 4,000 employees from 62 nationalities.

 

We offer diverse eating and shopping opportunities and unique ways to enjoy Hamad International Airport as well as being the launch pad for experiences not found anywhere else.

 

QDF sits within a unique, wider eco-system that also includes Qatar Airways (the parent company) and Hamad International Airport. This ‘trinity’ model of airport, retailer and airline creates a world-class airport retail experience for passengers. Each company harmonises with the other as part of an integrated ecosystem. Together, we provide our shared customer base with a 5-star experience, including innovative retail products, global brand firsts, exclusives and exceptional dining opportunities.

 

Qatar Duty Free has been named the 'World's Leading Airport Duty Free Operator 2022' and ‘the Middle East’s Leading Airport Duty Free Operator 2022’ in the World Travel Awards. QDF also won the 2022 "Best Customer Experience Airport Retailer” at Global Brands Magazine Awards, and recently scooped an unprecedented 12 titles at the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) + Hospitality Awards 2023, including Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year. The award-winning travel retailer also scooped the top prize of Airport Retailer of the Year at the 2023 Frontier Awards, along with the Best New Shop Opening and Outstanding Contribution titles.

 

Hamad International Airport won the “World’s Best Airport for Shopping” at the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2023, attributed to Qatar Duty Free retail and F&B strategy to offer the best experience for passengers at the airport.

 

 

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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