Aug 8, 2019: Qatar Airways has renewed its partnership with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC), for a further three years.
This partnership will enable the Doha-based carrier to continue its sponsorship of three horse racing events, The Amir Sword Festival in Qatar, Qatar Goodwood Festival in the United Kingdom and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France.
The HH The Amir Sword Festival is the pinnacle of horseracing in Qatar and the region with a wide range of runners from Qatar and overseas competing every year.
The three-day mega event is renowned as an integrated racing festival, involving both pure Arabians and thoroughbreds.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are two of the highlights of the flat-racing season.
Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive, Qatar Airways said: “Qatar Airways Cargo has a long history of providing world-class service when transporting horses around the world through our state-of-the-art live animal cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport.”
QREC Chairman, Issa bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi said: “Qatar Airways will be playing a prominent role in the HH The Amir Sword Festival, transporting horses from around the world to Doha, to compete in the prestigious races run at the QREC Al-Rayyan Park every year.”
Under the recently signed agreement, Qatar Airways will be the official airline partner of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 renewals of the QREC-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The 2019 edition of the Qatar Goodwood Festival was held at Goodwood racecourse, UK, between July 30 and August 3. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be staged at its home the Paris Longchamp racecourse and its events will culminate with the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Qatar Arabian World Cup races on October 6.
Qatar Airways will also maintain its role as the Official Airline Partner of the HH The Amir Sword Festival in 2020 and 2021.