QATAR AIRWAYS WELCOMES AL-AHLI SAUDI FC AND FC BARCELONA TO DOHA FOR ‘MATCH OF CHAMPIONS’

DOHA, Qatar � Qatar Airways welcomed Al-Ahli Saudi FC and FC Barcelona teams to Doha, in preparation for the sold-out Match of Champions to be held at Al Gharrafa Stadium this evening. Both teams arrived at Doha International Airport and quickly entered pre-match mode, with player practices. The teams are scheduled to warm up at the stadium at 17:50.

Qatar Airways, official airline of both teams, is a primary sponsor of this evening’s Match of Champions, designed to bring two of the world’s greatest football clubs to Doha for an exhibition match for the airline’s hometown fans. The match has proven to be extremely popular, with fans travelling from across the GCC and all corners of the world to attend.

Doors open at 16:30 today, and opening ceremonies start at 17:30, with a demonstration by freestylers from around the world who won a Qatar Airways social media contest, to show off their best moves. The contest winners will be accompanied by a performance from world champion freestyler Pawel Skora and Yassine Abderrahim.

Opening ceremonies continue with a performance by Phoenix Fire and Light Dance Group, the acclaimed creators of the Baku Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony and Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony.

A special musical performance from Fahad Al Kubaisi at 18:45 will pay homage to Qatar National Day, followed by a spectacular fireworks show before the match starts at 19:00.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: We set out to design a complete experience for our friends and neighbours in Qatar, to truly celebrate the global sponsorships Qatar Airways is proud to have cultivated, and to thank our home country for their support since the airline was founded 19 years ago. We look forward to the match, and wish both teams all the best. We hope everyone attending or watching the match enjoys this unique, only-in-Qatar experience with these two magnificent world-record teams.

This year, Al-Ahli Saudi FC won the Saudi Professional League – the first time in 32 years. The club won the Saudi Super Cup and the King Cup, and came runner-up in the Crown Prince Cup. Meanwhile, FC Barcelona won their 23rd La Liga title this year, the Copa del Rey and they are the reigning champions of the Fifa Club World Cup. The club won the treble in the 2014/2015 season – La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League titles.

In October 2014, Qatar Airways announced a sponsorship agreement for three seasons with Al-Ahli Saudi FC. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways extended its FC Barcelona sponsorship for another season, with the deal running until July 2017.

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About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 191 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ inflight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 191 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

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