Posted on September 26, 2019

Hamad International Airport (HIA) announced that it is the ‘Public Institution’ sponsor of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. The award-winning airport will be the gateway to one of the biggest sporting events to take place in the Middle East, facilitating a smooth airport experience for athletes, media and spectators flying from all over the world into the country to witness the event.

The highly-anticipated sporting event will take place from September 27 to October 6 with more than 2,000 of the world's best athletes from 213 different countries competing over ten days at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Abdulaziz Al Mass, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Hamad International Airport stated: “We are delighted to partner with IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. This initiative provides us an opportunity to offer some of the world’s best athletes and sports enthusiasts a comfortable journey fuelled with choice and convenience. By connecting global travellers to all corners of the world and being a gateway to Qatar, HIA looks forward to reflecting Qatar’s spectacular culture and hospitality through a memorable airport experience. We are also honoured to be a part of such an important milestone in Qatar’s continued celebration of sports and sportsmanship.”

Sheikha Asma Al Thani, Marketing and Communications Director for the Local Organising Committee, added: “With thousands of athletes, media and spectators arriving into Qatar this month for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, their first impressions will be made as soon as they land in Hamad International Airport. “With HIA’s support, one of the best airports in the world, passengers traveling to and from Qatar will enjoy a comfortable and delightful travel experience.Having national businesses and entities throughout the country come on board as partners reflects the desire to ensure a successful Championship for the people of Qatar along with international guests.”

This initiative supports HIA's dedication towards Qatar's National Vision 2030, which is to establish global leadership in sports by hosting world-class events. HIA showcases its commitment by promoting Qatar as a vibrant destination and bringing global travellers to experience Qatar’s unique offerings in sports, art, architecture and family entertainment.

In addition, HIA has long-standing track record of partnerships and associations with sporting events and teams. HIA was the official platinum sponsor of legendary German football club, FC Bayern Munich from 2016 to 2018 with HIA’s logo appearing on the team’s coveted jersey. The two entities had a successful two year partnership, and organized activities including an opportunity for FC Bayern Munich fans in Qatar to meet FC Bayern Munich players Xabi Alonso, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba, and Juan Bernat at the state-of-the-art airport.

HIA had also joined the celebrations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ by transforming parts of the airport terminal into football Fan Zones ensuring that the millions of passengers travelling through it never missed a moment of World Cup excitement. Qatar’s airport is also aiming to provide seamless connectivity for fans of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is working towards smoothly handling more than 50 million passengers per year. The World Athletics Championships is a biennial athletics event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It is one of the biggest sporting events in the world that will be broadcasted to more than 200 countries. The competition entails a series of running, jumping, throwing and walking events.