Posted on February 12, 2019

Qatar Airways hosted an enjoyable and exciting celebration of National Sport Day today, featuring a variety of athletic and dynamic activities for staff members from the group and its subsidiaries.

The event, which took place at the new, state-of-art Oryx International School Campus, featured a variety of fun-filled activities for Qatar Airways Group staff and families, including football, volleyball, basketball, cricket, cycling, aerobics and yoga, as well as a kids’ activity station featuring mini-football games and sack races, where friendly competitions took place between employees. The event also featured a health check booth with specialised consultants available to administer blood pressure and BMI checkups.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, said: “Qatar National Sport Day reflects the vision of our country’s wise leadership for building individuals and society. Its key message is that sports should be a part of the culture and life of individuals and society, and is an important aspect of our nation’s investment in human development.” “By hosting a fun and active day for our employees at our new, state-of-art Oryx International School, we are encouraging Qatar Airways staff and other members of the community to incorporate healthy lifestyles and habits, and helping foster a healthy and energetic way of living in Qatar. Conveying pride in Qatar is one of our highest corporate values, and we show pride in Qatar by taking part in fulfilling its vision.”

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Qatar football team champions from Al-Sadd SC, Akram Afif, Tarek Salman and Salem Al Hajri, joined Qatar Airways staff and families in the celebration and played a mini football match at the Oryx International School. Al-Sadd SC General Manager, Mr.Turki Al Ali, Said: “We are so pleased to participate in Qatar Airways Group's celebration of National Sport Day. We hope that our players' engagement with children and families inspires them to be active and to adopt a healthy lifestyle.” Qatar’s National Sport Day is celebrated each year on the second Tuesday of February in an effort to develop the country’s National 2030 vision, which encourages a healthy lifestyle by promoting sports, physical education and sustainable development in the State of Qatar. Qatar Airways strives to take part in fulfilling Qatar’s vision by hosting an annual event that encourages employees to live more vibrant and healthier lives.

This year’s National Sport Day comes just following the historic win of Qatar’s national team at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup earlier this month. The victory marks an incredible milestone for Qatar’s national team, as it is the first time the team has ever won the AFC Asian Cup. As the country’s national carrier, Qatar Airways continues to play a vital role in enhancing the already flourishing sports activity in Qatar through its sponsorship of events in Doha such as the ExxonMobil Tennis tournament, the Total Women’s Tennis tournament, and the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Golf Championship.

Qatar Airways is proud to sponsor premier sporting clubs around the world. The airline recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with several global sports entities, including leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, Italian football club AS Roma and Argentinian club Boca Juniors. In addition, Qatar Airways is the official airline sponsor of CONMEBOL professional football competitions across South America, including the Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores, Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana and the CONMEBOL Recopa.

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In May 2017, Qatar Airways announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw the award-winning airline become the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The partnership, one of the biggest sporting sponsorships in the world, will give Qatar Airways extensive marketing and branding rights at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. The agreement also sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the FIFA eWorld Cup, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking place in France this summer.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 230 aircraft to a network of around 160 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The multiple-award-winning airline was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First-Class Airline Lounge’.

Qatar Airways has launched an array of exciting destinations recently, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. The airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Malta, as well as many more.