Posted on January 24, 2018

Qatar Airways has seen a year-on-year increase of National employees joining the award-winning airline through its Al Darb Qatarisation programme, who are now embarking on successful full-time careers at Qatar’s national carrier.

In 2017, 143 Nationals were employed by the award-winning airline, through Qatar Airways’ highly-successful Al Darb Qatarisation programme, which was initiated in 2012. Since it launched, the programme has attracted Nationals, including students, graduates and experienced professionals from different career paths to find their place in the aviation industry. With the wide range of career opportunities offered at Qatar Airways, the airline enables every National to meet their career aspirations and become ambassadors for the airline and for The State of Qatar.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Human Resources, Nabeela Fakhri, said: “Qatar Airways is proud to be a leading employer in Qatar and we are delighted to bring in Nationals through our Al Darb Qatarisation programme, and support them to excel in their different roles within our airline. As Qatar’s national carrier, we have always been committed in our national duty of meeting the Qatar National Vision 2030, to develop and invest in local talent and build a long-term national workforce. “Qatar Airways has invested and developed the unique Al Darb Qatarisation programme which is now in its sixth year, and the program is essential in supporting and nurturing the development of talented Nationals in their career paths to become leaders of the future for both Qatar and our national airline.”

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National employees enter the airline through one of the eight educational and training programmes offered, which include the National Scholarship programme, Cadet Pilot programme, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programme, Summer Internship programme, Graduate Development programme, Aviation Management programme, Airport Operations Management and the Jossor Programme. All eight Al Darb Qatarisation programmes have seen a continuous increase of National employees since its successful initiation in 2012. In 2017, the Graduate Development programme saw a total of 40 Nationals being offered full-time jobs at the airline. In addition, 15 Nationals in 2017 successfully completed their IATA Aviation Diplomas, which required them to receive training both locally and internationally for industry-recognised qualifications within a wide range of aviation specialisations.

Qatar Airways also offers numerous training courses and a dedicated performance coach to help newly-hired Nationals integrate seamlessly into their new roles and take charge of their career paths. The airline looks forward to welcoming Nationals of all fields in 2018 to join the carrier and choose the development opportunity that suits their ambitions. Qatar Airways has received a number of recent accolades, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition. In addition to being voted ‘World’s Best Airline’ by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The airline is launching a host of exciting new destinations planned for 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Thessaloniki, Greece and Cardiff, U.K to name but a few.