Posted on December 11, 2016

F.C. Barcelona will take on Al-Ahli on Tuesday, 13 December in the highly anticipated Match of Champions at Al Gharafa’s Thani bin Jassim Stadium. Ahead of the game the Local Organising Committee (LOC), comprising of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Qatar Football Association and the Qatar Stars League, welcomed a host of key match sponsors to a signing ceremony in Al Bidda Tower – Qatar’s Home of Football – today (Sunday).

Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the LOC,welcomed the sponsors and hailed their efforts in preparing to make the game a major success for the fans who will attend. He said: “Firstly I would like to thank everyone who has taken the step to become a key sponsor for the Match of Champions between F.C. Barcelona and Al-Ahli. The match on Tuesday promises to be an exciting one, and without the help of our sponsors this game would not have been possible.”

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Qatar Tourism Authority has been elected as the presenting sponsor. Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at Qatar Tourism Authority said: “The hosting of this Match of Champions is testament to the growing strength of Qatar's position as a destination for global sporting events. We are pleased to join hands yet again with our partners at Qatar Airways to bring this event to Doha, attracting fans of the two teams from around the region to enjoy football, played in world-class facilities, and surrounded by our authentic Arabian hospitality. This historical match, together with the attractive packages we have worked with Qatar Airways and Qatar Airways Holidays to provide regional audiences, promise an unforgettable experience for Qatar’s visitors this week.”

Salem Ghanem Al-Kubaisi, Chief Corporate Services Officer of Katara Hospitality, “We are delighted to be supporting the Match of Champions. Al-Ahli Saudi FC and FC Barcelona are two of the most famous football clubs in the region and the world, and their strong ties with Qatar are well known. Football is a global game, uniting people from all around the world, which is exactly what we at Katara Hospitality do. The Match of Champions draws on the inspiration of Qatar’s ambitions in world football, and we are proud to be sponsoring an event that aims to fulfil the same aspirations that we have for Qatar, its industries and its people. Congratulations to the executives of both football clubs, Qatar Airways and the Qatar Football Association for orchestrating such a key highlight on Qatar’s events calendar.”

Ooredoo has been formally confirmed as the Official Telecom Sponsor. Chief Operating Officer Yousuf Al-Kubaisi commented: “Having the current La Liga and Saudi Professional League champions play in Doha will help inspire football fans in Qatar, and encourage our next-generation of football stars to work hard and follow their dreams. This is a huge step forward for our country’s standing as a top sporting destination and Ooredoo will do all it can to ensure this event is shared around the world via our award-winning Supernet.”

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Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co. the exclusive agent for Nissan, Infiniti & Renault in Qatar has been announced by Qatar Football Association as the official transport partner for the Match of Champions. Speaking at the event Hisham Saleh Al Mana, Chairman and Managing Director of Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Group of Companies said: “It’s a huge honor to be associated and to be part of the success of this event right here in Doha, involving two of the most prominent football teams in the world. Nissan will be the official transporter for the teams during their stay in Qatar. I would like to thank the organizing committee for their efforts to make this event a great success.”

Anti-Doping Lab Qatar (ADLQ) confirmed itself as the official partner ahead of the Tuesday evening friendly match. Salem Hamad Al-Deaya of ADLQ revealed the importance in taking part of the Qatar Airways – Match of Champions. He said: “The chance to promote the initiative of clean sport during the Qatar Airways – Match of Champions seemed the right thing to do. The match presents the perfect opportunity to emphasize how important it is to fight doping and highlight values of integrity and honesty that are key to our work at the ADLQ.”