Scotland and Qatar to compete for Qatar Airways Cup
MAY 19, 2015: Qatar Airways has announced that Scotland and Qatar will compete for the Qatar Airways Cup. Qatar Airways has been named as the Official Match Airline Partner for this highly anticipated match, which will take place eight days ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Qatar, having won their last two international matches against Algeria and then Slovenia, will be keen to continue their winning momentum. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are pleased to announce that Qatar Airways has been named the Official Match Airline Partner for the Qatar versus Scotland game, reinforcing the airline’s support for this great game. As the national carrier of Qatar it is with great pride that we will be supporting our national team in this international friendly match in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.” Qatar Airways UK and Ireland country manager, Richard Oliver, said, “Combined with our recently increased service from Edinburgh to Doha to a direct daily flight, this sponsorship further demonstrates the continued importance of the Scottish market to Qatar Airways, which offers passengers from Edinburgh more than 140 destinations via the airline’s state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha.” Gordon Strachan, Scotland national coach, said, "We are looking forward to playing our first-ever match against Qatar and I'm sure it will be a worthwhile occasion for both teams. Qatar are a developing football nation and their experience in the UK, training at St George's Park and playing ourselves and Northern Ireland, will be an invaluable experience for their future aspirations.