Posted on December 17, 2019

Qatar Airways celebrated the Qatar National Day at Baraht Msheireb with a variety of activities showcasing Qatar’s rich culture and traditions through including an exciting live performance by Kuwaiti singer Ibrahim Dashti.

The National Day celebrations were held under the patronage of the Minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, in collaboration with Qatar Airways and Msheireb Properties. Several VIPs attended the event to share the joy of National Day, including Minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti; Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker; President of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, H.E Mr. Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subaie; Acting Chief Executive Officer of Msheireb Properties, Mr. Ali Al Kuwari; Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport, Eng. Mr. Badr Al Meer, and a number of other government officials and VIPs.

In addition to the appearance of Ibrahim Dashti, Qatari pianist Hala Al Emadi and singer Mohamad Al Jaber delivered an outstanding performance. The celebrations also featured various activities showcasing local Qatari culture, such as henna art, falconry, traditional handicrafts and local food. Minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, said: “This is a great occasion to renew determination to continue building and doing all efforts that support the development and comprehensive renaissance in this country, thus achieving more prosperity for the Qatari nation."

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H.E. Minister Al Sulaiti added:" Qatar National Day returns to us while we -at the Ministry of Transport and Communications- are looking forward to new achievements and milestones to enhance the efforts that aim for building sustainable transportation and communications sectors, thus securing a booming national economy to be a legacy for generations to come." Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to be a part of today’s celebration of our beloved country alongside members of our local community."

H.E. Mr. Al Baker added: “One of Qatar Airways’ core values is expressing our pride, loyalty and love for Qatar, and the National Day celebrations offers a chance for us to express the patriotism that is shared by all of Qatar’s residents and citizens, regardless of their country of origin." Acting Chief Executive Officer of Msheireb Properties said: "It is our pleasure to partner with Qatar Airways and the Ministry of Transport and Communications to host the first ever public National Day celebration in Baraht Msheireb. Msheireb Downtown Doha is the heart of the city and the oldest commercial, social, and civic hub known in Doha. The historic significance of the area makes it the best venue for everyone to gather and celebrate Qatar National Day."

The multiple award-winning airline also celebrated Qatar National Day in the skies by introducing a variety of special touches on board and generous discounts on tickets. On flights from Doha, passengers can enjoy a bespoke menu card influenced by modern Arabic calligraphy and dessert inspired by the shape of the local desert sand rose. Customers in premium cabins will be treated to traditional Arabic coffee and dates.While on select flights from Doha, passengers will receive a fridge magnet as a keepsake to commemorate Qatar National Day.

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Passengers travelling during the Qatar National Day celebrations will also enjoy decorations of roses at various locations including Al Safwa First Class Lounge, Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge and at the A380 onboard lounge. A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. 

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; and Langkawi, Malaysia; and Gaborone, Botswana. The airline will also add Luanda, Angola; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Santorini, Greece; and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.