As the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, Qatar Airways is celebrating the kickoff of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ by bringing football fans from around the world to Russia to watch one of the most highly-anticipated events on the global sports calendar.

QR FIFA kickoffTo celebrate the start of the tournament, the award-winning airline has provided its social media followers and football fans a unique opportunity with its #OnYourFeet challenge, an interactive social media contest where participants create a short video of themselves freestyling with a football and share their favourite tricks with the world. The winning contestants will receive two Business Class tickets to any destination on the airline’s global route network.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said that the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, marks an entire month of excitement as fans from around the world gather to celebrate their love for football.

Whether you are a football enthusiast, dedicated to supporting your national team or even your favourite local team, the World Cup is a global event that unites us all, and we are thrilled to be supporting such a world-class sporting occasion.’

The award-winning airline recently captured the excitement of the upcoming tournament by launching its new 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia campaign, featuring a re-recording of the classic song ‘Dancing in the Street’ sung by renowned singer and TV star Nicole Scherzinger. The upbeat TV commercial has seen tremendous global success, with more than 20 million views across the airline’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Last month, the carrier also launched its ‘FIFA Fan Match’ social media contest where participants were asked to describe themselves using five emojis for a chance to win tickets to watch the semi-finals in St Petersburg. The highly-engaging campaign was tremendously successful, with five lucky winners from around the world looking forward to attending the World Cup semi-finals match in Russia.

HIA Fan Zone

In celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, Qatar Airways, in collaboration with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) and Hamad International Airport (HIA), have transformed HIA into a fan zone, ensuring that the thousands of passengers travelling through it never miss a moment of the World Cup’s excitement. Dedicated football fans transiting through the airport will be able to watch the matches, which will be broadcast live in three beautifully themed viewing areas in concourse A, B and C, as well as at Marché restaurant in Qatar Duty Free (QDF). The three viewing areas were designed to resemble a living room, a stadium and a majlis – a traditional Arabic seating area where guests are received.

Qatar Airways provides triple-daily services to Moscow and daily flights to St Petersburg. In December 2017, Qatar Airways launched a new daily service to the cultural capital of Russia, St Petersburg, doubling the number of Russian destinations operated by the carrier. The addition of St Petersburg to Qatar Airways’ route map demonstrates the importance of the Russian market to the carrier, which has been flying to Moscow since 2004.

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