Qatar Airways hosted the official gala dinner of the Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum, which was attended by dignitaries and high government officials, including the guest of honor, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who addressed the attendees about the special relationship between Qatar and Germany.
Qatar Airways on Saturday said “it is proud to participate in the Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum, the ninth edition of the premier economic event, which took place in Berlin Saturday, under the patronage of His Highness The Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and in the presence of Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the Deputy to the President of Germany and Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller.”
The gala dinner was also attended by high government officials from both nations, including: HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti; HE the Minister of Finance and Chairman of Qatar Airways Group, Ali Shareef al-Emadi, HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani; HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada; Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer, and President of the Association of Germany Chambers of Commerce Dr Eric Schweitzer among other dignitaries.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said: “I am delighted to be here among friends to celebrate the partnership between Qatar and Germany, which expanded over 60 years and has been built on mutual trust and a common vision. Qatar is proud of its long-standing partnership with Germany, and we hope that this forum will serve as a joint catalyst for the growth of our joint businesses and economic cooperation.”
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said, “I am delighted that Qatar Airways attended this year’s Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum, held here in Berlin, one of our most important European gateways. Qatar Airways is proud to be a key driver of trade between Qatar and Germany, as shown by our continued investment into the airline’s long-standing German operations and the recent 20th anniversary milestone of Qatar Airways’ first flight to Munich, our launch destination in Germany, which began in June 1998.
“In addition to Qatar Airways’ role as a vital trade partner, we were thrilled to announce our new role as the Official Airline Partner to German football giant FC Bayern München AG in March. The uniting of our two brands reflects the importance of sport as a means of bringing people together, something which is at the heart of the airline’s own message – Going Places Together.”
FC Bayern München player Javi Martinez and former team legend Lothar Matthäus presented FC Bayern München team jerseys to Sheikh Mohamed, al-Emadi, al-Baker and Badr al-Meer, Hamad International Aiport chief operations afficer, to showcase FC Bayern München’s support to Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Qatar’s national carrier presented several unique videos, presenting the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways’ 20th year anniversary, and finally, the growth of sports in Qatar in anticipation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Qatar Airways currently operates 35 weekly flights between Doha and Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin.
In July, the award-winning airline became FC Bayern München’s ‘Official Airline Partner’ under a new long-term sponsorship agreement. The deal between Qatar Airways and FC Bayern München will see the airline’s signature logo on the jersey sleeves of the Deutsche Bundesliga champions, further strengthening the already strong ties between the airline and Germany.
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