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RAF Red Arrows Tour in Qatar

UK’s Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team inspires millions of people around the world. As one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the RAF Red Arrows displayed speed, agility and teamwork by flying over the Corniche area of Doha yesterday.

British Embassy, Qatar Hosts the Event

The British Embassy this weekend hosted the UK’s Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, for a series of events in Qatar to demonstrate the strong ties between the UK and Qatar in a range of areas, including trade and investment, defence, and to showcase the UK’s leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The events included a world-class air display in conjunction with Qatar Airways, an Embassy reception, and a STEM education event

Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, said:

Overseas tours such as this are one of the key roles of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. We regularly travel abroad during the display season to promote both the ‘best of British’ and the Royal Air Force and this is a focused series of events, to broaden the delivery of that important message. It also provides opportunities for defence engagement and promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through events with students and educational institutes.’

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Ajay Sharma, said:

I am delighted to have been able to welcome the Red Arrows to Qatar. Such visits are a very visible demonstration and celebration of the strength of UK-Qatar relations. They showcase the best of the UK from the technical mastery of the pilots to the excellence of our engineering and aviation industry. I hope that this will inspire new generations to get involved and study STEM subjects.

Qatar Airways 20th Anniversary Surprise 

Thousands of people watched in admiration as a Qatar Airways aircraft flew in formation over Doha with the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team, an event taking place as the airline celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The event, hosted by the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, His Excellency Ajay Sharma, and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, included a number of other ambassadors as well as Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment, His Excellency Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, and Chairman of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, His Excellency Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey. Many representatives of the Qatar British Business Association were also present to celebrate the auspicious occasion, which included an incredible display over Doha’s sweeping corniche from the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, which offered ideal views of the fly-by.

The thrilling display took place in the skies above Doha as a state-of-the-art Qatar Airways Airbus A350, for which the airline was the global launch customer, flew in formation with the British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) iconic Red Arrows. Their distinctive fleet of Hawk jets were on hand to display the speed, agility and precision of the RAF and fly in their trademark diamond nine formation to join in the salute to Qatar Airways and its 20 years of operations.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said:

It has been an honour to have one of Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350 aircraft join forces with the world-famous Red Arrows and take part in today’s historic fly-by over the impressive Doha skyline.

The Red Arrows have helped Qatar Airways celebrate in style with a thrilling display to mark our twentieth anniversary. In just two decades, Qatar Airways has exceeded all expectations, to rise from humble beginnings to become one of the world’s leading and most admired airlines. This year we were named Airline of the Year by Skytrax, which is the fourth time we have won this prestigious award.’

For more information, visit the Qatar Airways website.

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