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Qatari Musician Takes Global Audience to New Heights Onboard Qatar Airways

Specially-composed music by legendary local Qatari musician and songwriter Dana Al Fardan now welcomes passengers on board every Qatar Airways flight around the world.

Her beautiful and uplifting musical work, entitled Sky, was created to relax and inspire passengers as they board the airline’s fleet of aircraft and set the mood and atmosphere for the rest of their journey.

The new composition follows the renowned Qatari musician and vocalist’s earlier work, Art of Flight, which accompanied Qatar Airways’ latest television commercial featuring the innovative Qsuite. Qsuite is a unique and patented seat design that brings a First Class experience to the airline’s Business Class cabin, setting a new standard with the world’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class.

Dana Al Fardan’s work blends rich strings, choral vocals and solos with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms. Her music, Sky, is now played on every aircraft as customers board and disembark, to make their flight a more personalised and meaningful experience.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Marketing and Corporate Communications Salam al Shawa said Dana Al Fardan’s inspirational and uplifting music is the perfect partner for Qatar Airways to welcome passengers onboard.

As a Qatari she is perfectly in tune with our culture and traditions, so we were delighted to be able to show our support for local talent and provide a global stage for this wonderful musician to an amazingly diverse worldwide audience.’

Dana Al Fardan said that it was a tremendous honour to reach an incredible audience and be able to represent the country and showcase its modern, contemporary music through Qatar Airways.

I hope my music bring people together through their shared experience of taking a journey together.’

As well as composing the music for Qatar Airways’ latest TV commercial, Al Fardan also composed The Beginning, the official theme song for Hamad International Airport (HIA). Her latest album, Sandstorm, is also featured on all Qatar Airways flights, and can be listened to through the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One.

Al Fardan is the founder and CEO of DNA Records, Qatar’s first recording company. Her first critically-acclaimed album, Paint, was released in 2013. She believes culture and heritage cannot be separated from the artistic process. She also hopes that by becoming more involved with musicians from around the world, it will help establish a large-scale music festival in Qatar and lead to the growth of a serious music industry in the country.

Last month Al Fardan held the first full international concert programme of her latest album, Sandstorm, which was performed by the esteemed London Metropolitan Orchestra in a sell-out show at the iconic Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End. Her contemporary classical repertoire received critical acclaim from members of the public, arts press and the UK music industry.

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