Dana Alfardan, a distinguished Qatari composer and songwriter, was recently recognised at the HIA Airport Stakeholders Appreciation Dinner, held 13 June 2016 at The St. Regis Doha, with the announcement that her song, ‘The Beginning’, will be Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) official theme music. The event, also titled ‘The Beginning’, highlighted HIA’s journey over the years, including its official inauguration as well as the launch of the official music theme.
The music for ‘The Beginning’ was composed by Dana Alfardan, founder of DNA Records, Qatar’s first home grown record label that is based in both Doha and London, with the musical piece performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) in front of the iconic Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer at HIA as well as next to the airport’s runway.
During the event, a special video was also shown with footage of QPO performing ‘The Beginning’ at various locations around HIA. Dana Alfardan has confirmed that through this exclusive partnership with HIA, ‘The Beginning’ will played around the whole airport including its lounges, lifts and the special video will also be shown on board as part of the in-flight entertainment on Qatar Airways flights.
Commenting during the event, Dana Alfardan said:
I am beyond privileged and honoured for my song ‘The Beginning’ to be HIA’s theme music, and this is truly a dream come true. As an artist, it is always rewarding to have your work recognised and I am humbled that my song will now have HIA as its platform. HIA is a symbolic location for Qatar both within Qatar and the region, and I look forward to a lengthy and fruitful partnership with them.’
Dana’s latest album, Sandstorm, is now available to be downloaded on iTunes.