Qatar Airways was delighted to be the Official Airline Sponsor of the H.H. the Amir Sword Festival for yet another year. The festival brought some spectacular performance from all participants together with some of the world’s finest thoroughbred and Arabian horses who competed for the esteemed H.H. the Amir Sword title.
Qatar Airways cabin crew were present at the Main Draw on 20 February at Qatar National Museum and presented the winners’ trophies at the award ceremonies on the following days. The event was free for everyone who wished to attend and enjoy the thrilling races.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is proud to have sponsored the H.H. the Amir’s Sword Festival that showcased impressive fortitude and effort from all the participants. It is a privilege to promote a contest with healthy competitive practices that is open to all.
“We are constantly aiming to boost our global sporting sponsorship portfolio, and this partnership is just one more example of our commitment to bringing people together through sport. There will be numerous exciting events coming to Qatar soon, so stay tuned for more information.”
More than 25 horses from all over the world were flown to Doha on board Qatar Airways Cargo freighters via the carrier’s QR Live services. The cargo carrier provides world-class service for the transportation of horses on board its modern fleet of Boeing 747-8, Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 freighters, with controlled temperature zones, comfortable and spacious horse stalls, and seats for grooms on board the freighters.
The animals are well looked after on the ground as well to ensure the finest comfort and welfare throughout their entire journey. The state-of-the-art Live Animal Centre at Hamad International Airport offers a spacious 4,200 square metre air-conditioned live animal facility with special features including dedicated holding areas for various animals, horse stalls, 24/7 dedicated expert animal health care services, as well as a walking yard and paddock.