Qatar Airways is bringing road racing action to the streets of Doha as the official airline sponsor of the UCI Road World Championships – Doha 2016, organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
The world-class event is taking place in Doha against the striking backdrop of the Arabian Gulf and The Pearl – Qatar from 9-16 October 2016.
The renowned cycling race will see 1,000 racers from 75 countries compete for the prestigious title, cheered on by 30,000 fans and millions of spectators from all over the world. This annual cycling competition began in 1921, and the State of Qatar will be the first Middle East country to host the world famous event.
As the official airline sponsor of the race, Qatar Airways will fly competitors from all corners of the globe to take part, and Qatar Airways Cargo will transport hundreds of high-performance road bikes to Doha. Qatar Airways has an extensive route network with flights to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents, through the airline’s state-of-the-art home at Hamad International Airport.
The UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 is the latest in a series of high profile sporting events to be held in Qatar and supported by Qatar Airways. Doha’s annual sports calendar demonstrates the country’s growth as an international sports hub, and the value of sport in strengthening ties between nations and encouraging residents to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Qatar Airways is proud to support the country’s vision through the sponsorship of local and international sports events that raise the profile of Qatar as a global sports champion.
Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of the Organising Committee of UCI Road World Championships – Doha 2016 commented on the partnership: “We are delighted to introduce Qatar Airways as our official airline partner for the World Championships taking place in Doha from October 9th. Thousands of fans, cyclists, and sports officials will be descending on Doha for this high-profile World Championships event making Qatar Airways the perfect partner to bring the world to Doha. Our event will feature a number of key landmarks across Qatar, including Qatar Foundation’s Education City, Lusail, and the centre stage of our event, The Pearl-Qatar. It is due to the commitment of our partners, that this Championships event places Doha in the limelight for world of cycling.”
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Commercial, for GCC, Levant, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Africa and Indian Sub Continent – Mr. Ehab Amin said: “ We are proud to be the official airline partner bringing the UCI Road World Championships to the State of Qatar and to become the first Middle East country hosting the annual cycling race. Qatar Airways is committed to investing in the communities we serve through the sponsorship of sports, cultural and educational events. Qatar has a host of world-class sporting facilities, a rich history and warm hospitality, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of racers, participants and fans from all over the world to Doha to for this exciting event and a truly unforgettable experience.”
As a world leading airline Qatar Airways sponsors several high-profile sports events and teams around the globe including the world’s best football club FC Barcelona, Saudi Professional League winners Al Ahli Saudi Football Club, International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), and the Qatar Total Open, part of the Women’s Tennis Association Championships.
Qatar Airways flies a modern fleet of 190 aircraft to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. This year has seen Qatar Airways launch 10 new routes from its hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha. New destinations include: Los Angeles (USA), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney (Australia), Boston (USA), Birmingham (UK), Adelaide (Australia), Yerevan (Armenia), and Atlanta (USA), Marrakech (Morocco), and Pisa (Italy). From September, the airline will continue to add new destinations to its network, including Windhoek (Namibia), Helsinki (Finland), Krabi (Thailand), and Seychelles. .