Posted on September 04, 2019

Qatar Airways is delighted to have hosted a glittering gala dinner in Amman, Jordan, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein. The elegant event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman on Monday 2 September 2019.

The gala dinner was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein; Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali; His Royal Highness Prince Asem Bin Nayef; Her Royal Highness Princess Sanaa Asem; His Royal Highness Prince Mired Bin Raad; Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired; Her Royal Highness Princess Najla Bint Asem; Her Royal Highness Princess Salha Bint Asem; Minister of Transport of Jordan His Excellency Eng. Anmar Khasawneh; Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Her Excellency Ms. Majd Shweikeh; President of the Jordanian House of Representatives His Excellency Atef Al Tarawneh; Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker; Charge’ d’Affairs of the State of Qatar in Jordan H.E. Abdulaziz Al-Sada; and Ambassador of Jordan to the State of Qatar His Excellency Mr. Zaid Al Lozi.

Speaking at the gala, H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “For Qatar Airways, Jordan is a key market. We serve Amman with three-daily flights, on some of the world’s most modern wide-body aircraft, including the revolutionary Airbus A350. The opening of this new office comes as a response to the increase in demand, which proves we have become a carrier of preference for the Jordanian market. We are now keen to enhance our services and expand our offerings to the Jordanian people, and I am confident that the new office will enable us to achieve this objective”

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“Qatari visitors to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan registered the biggest rise amongst all tourists in 2018. Last year 23,700 Qataris visited this beautiful country compared to 11,800 in 2017, a giant leap of over 100%.” During the gala dinner, H.R.H. Prince Ali and H.E. Mr. Al Baker had a photo taken holding the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar themed jerseys alongside the guest of honour, Bayern Munich football legend, Lothar Matthäus, the only outfield player in the world to compete in five World Cup tournaments.

Guests at the gala dinner were treated to an incredible performance by the talented Qatari singer and record producer Fahad Al Kubaisi, who dedicated a special song to the VIPs, guests and the people of Jordan, reflecting on the strong relationship between both countries. Additionally, the globally renowned Jordanian singer, Omar Al-Abdallat, also performed a remarkable line-up of his most popular songs. Earlier in the day, the airline hosted a media roundtable and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new office.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar actively participates in numerous Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in Jordan, most notably its support to King Hussein Cancer Centre. Representatives from Qatar Airways visit the center regularly, and the airline’s Kids Club mascots have made special appearances and entertained the young patients. Moreover, Qatar Airways has taken part in relief food distribution to underprivileged families in Jordan, in cooperation with Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation, Qatar Charity and Qatar Red Crescent.

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Qatar Airways also expressed its desire to attract more Jordanian talent in many fields including engineering, air crew and operations. Last year, the State of Qatar announced the creation of 10,000 jobs for Jordanian nationals in Qatar. The first Qatar Airways flight to Amman was in 1994, which makes this capital city one of the first destinations for the airline since its establishment in 1993. Currently, Qatar Airways operates 21 weekly flights between Doha and Amman.

In 2015, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian launched a codeshare agreement, allowing passengers of both airlines to benefit from connectivity to the most popular routes. Since then, the agreement has expanded to allow Royal Jordanian passengers to travel to the East through Qatar Airways’ hub, Hamad International Airport. Known for its unique blend of old and new, Amman is a bustling city filled with restaurants, art galleries, traditional coffee shops and historic landmarks, catering to both business and leisure travellers. Amman also provides convenient access to Jordan’s many magnificent historic and natural sites, including Petra, Jerash, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea.

In 2019, Qatar Airways became the first airline to win the World’s Best Airline award for the fifth time, showcasing the airline’s consistency in providing the best for its passengers. The award was presented at the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. Qatar Airways was also recognized as having the World’s Best Business Class for the fourth successive year, as the Best Airline in the Middle East for the third successive year, and has been recognized as having the World’s Best Business Class Seats with the introduction of Qsuite.

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. Qatar Airways has recently launched an array of exciting new destinations, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia, with Langkawi, Malaysia and Gaborone, Botswana slated to be added to its extensive route network in October 2019.