Qatar Airways hosted an enjoyable and exciting celebration of National Sport Day, featuring a variety of sports-based family activities for staff members from the Group and its subsidiaries.
The event, which took place at the new, state-of-the-art Oryx International School campus, featured a variety of fun-filled activities for Qatar Airways Group staff and families, including football, volleyball, basketball, cricket, cycling, aerobics and yoga, as well as a kids’ activity station featuring mini-football games and an obstacle course, where friendly competitions took place between employees.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive HE Akbar al-Baker said, “Qatar National Sport Day reflects the vision of our country’s wise leadership for building individuals and society. Its key message is that sports should be a part of the culture and life of individuals and society, and is an important aspect of our nation’s investment in human development.
“By hosting a fun and active day for our employees at our new, state-of-the-art Oryx International School, we are encouraging Qatar Airways staff and other members of the community to incorporate healthy lifestyles and habits, and helping foster a healthy and energetic way of living in Qatar.”
Qatar’s National Sport Day is celebrated each year on the second Tuesday of February in line with the country’s National 2030 vision, which encourages a healthy lifestyle by promoting sports, physical education and sustainable development in Qatar.
"Qatar Airways strives to take part in fulfilling Qatar’s vision by hosting an annual event that encourages employees to live more active and healthier lives," it said in a press statement.
This year’s National Sport Day follows an action-packed year of sporting events in Qatar in 2019, including the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 and the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.
As the country’s national carrier, Qatar Airways "continues to play a vital role in enhancing the already flourishing sports event calendar in Qatar through its sponsorship of tournaments Doha such as the PSA World Squash Championship Qatar, the Qatar Total Open 2020 tennis tournament and the Qatar Cricket Tournament 2020", the statement added.
Further, Qatar Airways stressed that it is proud to sponsor premier sporting clubs around the world. The airline recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with several global sports entities, including leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, Italian football club AS Roma, France’s most successful football club Paris Saint-Germain and Argentinian club Boca Juniors.
In addition, Qatar Airways is the official airline sponsor of CONMEBOL professional football competitions across South America, including the Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores, Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana and the CONMEBOL Recopa.