Qatar Airways, the Official Airline Partner of FIFA, concluded its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ journey in style, presenting the medals and individual awards to Argentina after the team’s historic 4-2 victory on penalties over 2018 champions, France.

Following a month of non-stop action and entertainment, the airline operated nearly 14,000 flights, uniting the world in Qatar for the greatest sporting show on earth. The tournament was a resounding success, with impressive attendance figures of over 3.4 million fans throughout the 64 matches.

Themed activations and experiences

Qatar Airways celebrated the historic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ with its global passengers through countless international, local and onboard football-themed activations and entertainment experiences.

Throughout the tournament, the Qatar Airways Sky House, located at the FIFA Fan Festival™ at Al Bidda Park, welcomed more than 1.8 million fans. The pavilion provided a range of interactive activities, including a Neymar challenge, Qverse experience, Swing the World, foosball, and face painting.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said that what started off as a dream finally turned into reality. He said that Qatar succeeded in bringing the world together in a celebration of football. He added that history will remember this FIFA World Cup™ – the first in the Middle East and the best edition ever.

On behalf of the Qatar Airways Group, I would like to congratulate the Argentinian team for their victorious performance and also commend the French team for their inspiring journey.

HE Al Baker added they are grateful to have been a part of this long and rewarding experience as the Official Airline of the Journey.

Qatar Airways concluded the tournament festivities with international artist, Lili Cantero. During the final match, Cantero had a live painting session with Qatar Airways Boeing 777 aircraft model at the FIFA Fan Festival™, depicting key moments and highlights of the face-off between Argentina and France.

At the intersection of arts and sports, her work portrays the story of the successfully delivered FIFA World Cup™.


To celebrate the beginning of the tournament, Qatar Airways also launched its official FIFA World Cup™ campaign song C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.S, featuring internationally renowned artists DJ Rodge and Cheb Khaled. In the span of a month, the song reached an astonishing 23 million views.

Privilege Club, the Frequent Flyer Programme of the FIFA World Cup™ also welcomed over 67,000 new valued members across the tournament period, having successfully completed five different offer campaigns.

Qatar Airways also offered all passengers flying through Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Doha International Airport (DIA) a complimentary experience at the Passenger Overflow Areas (POA) – pre-departure waiting spaces built to provide fans with dedicated facilities to complete their World Cup journey.

Qatar Duty Free (QDF), the Official Retail Store for the FIFA World Cup™, exclusively sold World Cup merchandise in the fan zones and at all of the eight spectacular stadiums. QDF also inaugurated the first FIFA store at HIA, showcasing an impressive collection of merchandise, souvenirs, collectibles, and team jerseys.

Throughout the World Cup period, Qatar Airways and Qatar Executive also sponsored the Diego Armando Maradona Give&Get Fanfest to honour the late, great Diego Maradona.

Besides the football, the airline also hosted seven Qatar Live concerts featuring Jason Derulo, Enrique Iglesias, Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin, Robbie Williams, Tamer Hosny, and Akon. Alongside these world-renowned artists, Qatar Live also brought back the Daydream Festival with a new Magic Lantern stage.

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