Qatar Airways commemorated new Qatari talented individuals that have joined the airline as scholarship students and employees at a special event, ‘Your Journey Begins’, held at the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel on Monday 9 September 2013.

Qatar Airways’ Nationalisation department hosted the event for 86 Qatari scholarship students who are about to embark on higher academic pursuits in Qatar, UK, New Zealand and the US. In addition 50 new Qatari hires to the company were also recognised.

The annual event was attended by over 375 guests, including Qatar Airways management, scholarship students, new staff and families.

Addressing the students and new team members during the ceremony, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, said:

The dedication, talent and expertise of Qataris is a fundamental force for the national carrier of Qatar. It is with great pride that we have these talented individuals among us making an important contribution to their country.’

‘We are not only sponsoring Qataris to work at Qatar Airways, but we are also helping them build their career paths in the aviation industry…This reflects our commitment to attract, develop, and more importantly, retain our highly qualified Qatari nationals.’

Upon completion of their educational programmes, the graduating students will be assigned to different positions across Qatar Airways.  Depending on their field of study, they will be deployed in various departments including Aero-Political Affairs, Ground Services, Product Development, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Human Resources Management and Finance.

Faisal Al Saai, who is stationed at Qatar Airways headquarters as a Marketing Graduate Developee, said:

I find myself interacting very comfortably at Qatar Airways. The airline has given me a chance to explore multiple disciplines in aviation and has helped me to develop my leadership and organisation skills. I am grateful for this unique experience and I do not think I would have been able to receive this kind of exposure anywhere else.’

As the national airline, Qatar Airways has made huge strides in educating, employing and empowering Qataris to play an even greater role in its world-class business. A growing number of Qatari nationals, who started their careers with Qatar Airways’ Nationalisation Programme, have taken up positions at the airline’s offices, Doha International Airport and the soon-to-be opened Hamad International Airport.

Delivering a presentation on the work that Qatar Airways is doing towards Nationalisation, the airline’s Vice-President for the department, Dr Kholode Al Obaidli, said:

Qatar Airways is delighted to welcome even more Qataris to the airline and we are confident that they will bring with them a high level of talent and expertise. Since the inception of the Nationalisation department more and more students have strived to join Qatar Airways – especially the airline’s Pilot training and Aircraft Maintenance programmes. The airline will continue to keep striving to grow its Nationalisation Programme from strength to strength in the years to come.’

As a truly global airline covering six continents, Qatar Airways employs over 150 nationalities around the world. The airline currently operates a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to over 130 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

For more information about Qatar Airways’ Nationalisation Programme, visit QA Scholarship’s website.