Posted on September 15, 2015

Ooredoo and Wataniya Mobile, a member of Ooredoo Group, have announced that they will be the lead sponsors of Palestine’s two top divisions, the Premier League and the Gaza Strip League, in partnership with the Palestine Football Association. The major agreement was announced at special press conference held in the Ramallah this week, attended by the Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Major General Jibreel Rjoub, and the CEO of Wataniya Mobile, Dr. Durgham Maree.

Ooredoo has a long history of supporting sport at grassroots and international levels, and this latest agreement is seen as particularly significant, given the importance of football in the lives of many young Palestinians. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo Group, said: “We believe that Ooredoo can bring incredible value to football in Palestine, through our support for both leagues, and also through our understanding of how mobile technology can enhance the experience for fans. This initiative fits well with our track record of being one of the region’s most engaged supporters of sport.”

Ooredoo and Wataniya Mobile 2 [].jpgMajor General Jibreel Rjoub, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, said: “We are very grateful to Ooredoo, and to the Chairman of Ooredoo Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani in particular, for their support of this new sponsorship agreement. We believe it will provide the resources and support necessary to take football in Palestine to the next level, and enrich the experience for fans and players.”

Dr. Durgham Maree, CEO of Wataniya Mobile, said: “We know that young people in Palestine are incredibly engaged football fans, and are proud to sponsor the two top Leagues. We will be announcing a range of exciting initiatives in the coming months that will delight and surprise supporters, as part of our comprehensive approach to sponsorship.” Ooredoo is dedicated to creating new opportunities for young people and supporting sports across its footprint. The company partners with a host of high profile teams including French football club Paris Saint-Germain and is the official partner of the Myanmar Football Federation and The Football Association of Maldives.  

The company is continuing to work with the Leo Messi Foundation on its ongoing mobile health clinic programme, which provides healthcare services for remote areas in Indonesia, Myanmar, Algeria, and Tunisia.