Partnership between Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and Qatar Airways for cooperation in major international events

Issa Al Mohannadi: Provision of requirements for successful racing events befitting the reputation of Qatar

Akbar Al Baker: We believe in the power of sport to bring people together

Doha – Qatar

As part of the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) to enhance relations with the leading organisations in Qatar in line with the strategy developed by QREC Board to guide QREC activities, including the international race meetings and events sponsored by QREC overseas. In order to benefit from the major role played by national organisations in the success of such events, QREC announced the conclusion of a new partnership with Qatar Airways. Under this partnership, the national carrier will be associated with the annual race meetings and events sponsored by QREC overseas, including the Qatar Goodwood Festival in the UK and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France. The list of events includes also the Salon du Cheval d’Eljadida in Morocco, of which QREC will be the Platinum Sponsor in its 2018 edition to be held in October.

Such mega events are of paramount importance for QREC to reflect the bright image of Qatar and highlight the continued support of the equestrian sport by the country’s wise leadership. The partnership with Qatar Airways, in these events, helps QREC realise their objectives worldwide and capitalise on Qatar Airways’ reputation and standing as a partner of QREC in sponsoring such events.

Al Mohannadi: Ongoing cooperation with Qatar Airways

‘We are delighted with the partnership with Qatar Airways as one of the world’s top airlines’, said His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, ‘As a matter of fact, the ongoing cooperation between QREC and Qatar Airways in sponsoring horse race meetings will provide the requirements for successful racing events befitting the reputation of Qatar’s equestrian sport. Qatar Airways also contributes with a significant role in the shipping activities for the QREC-sponsored events overseas’.

‘We have had experiences with Qatar Airways’ association with QREC, including the Qatar Goodwood Festival in the UK, particularly during the last two years. Such association has been key to the success of the Festival, which saw phenomenal turnout at one of the world’s most beautiful racecourses and historic homes for horseracing. The UK media hailed the resounding success of the event this year and described it as one of the largest race meetings in the world. This, in turn, adds to the partnership between QREC and Qatar Airways and we look forward to more collaboration with Qatar Airways in favour of Qatar and Qatar’s equestrian sport in general’, added His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi.

Al Baker: Aligned with Qatar Airways’ vision

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways has a long tradition of supporting events which not only demonstrate excellence in sport, but which also showcase our dedication to sport as a means of bringing people together.

“The Qatari affinity for horses has helped the airline to build upon its already considerable equestrian credentials and forge strong cultural links with horse-loving communities around the world.

“We are delighted to work in partnership with the QREC and to be associated as Official Airline Partner with major international equestrian events such as the Dublin Horse Show, Qatar Goodwood Festival, Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Salon du Chev al.”