Qatar Airways launched a social media competition for a free pair of Business Class tickets anywhere in the world, to help celebrate the Final Draw for the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Draw takes place this Friday, 1 December, at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia.

The competition kicks off a series of activities planned by Qatar Airways over the coming months as excitement builds in the run-up to the start of next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup across Russia. The tournament will be watched by billions of football fans around the world as top teams compete from 14 June to 15 July, 2018 across 11 Russian host cities.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said that as the Official Airline of FIFA, Qatar Airways is looking forward to welcoming football fans from around the world to matches across Russia.

We believe that sport brings people together, and we are proud to play a part in connecting fans all around the world with this amazing football experience, thanks to our global route network. We will shortly begin our new direct flights to St Petersburg, Russia, making it even easier for football fans to take part in this highly-anticipated historic sporting event.’

Football fans can join in the fun of the Final Draw on social media by clicking on a special link on Qatar Airways Facebook page. Predict the four teams in each of the eight groups using the 32 qualified teams. The lucky winner of the pair of Business Class tickets will be chosen from those whose guesses matches (exactly or most closely) the Draw results in Moscow this Friday.

Qatar Airways will also launch its new daily service to the cultural capital of Russia, St Petersburg, doubling the Russian routes operated by the carrier. The new daily flights, which start on 19 December, will operate between Doha and St Petersburg with an Airbus A320, offering 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class. Qatar Airways first started flying to Russia in 2003, and now, 14 years later, the airline offers three daily flights between Doha and Moscow.

Qatar became an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA in May as part of a ground-breaking sponsorship package lasting until 2022. Upcoming events sponsored by Qatar Airways will include the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the FIFA eWorld Cup, the world’s largest online gaming tournament.

As an Official Partner of FIFA, Qatar Airways will have extensive marketing and branding rights at the next two FIFA World Cups, with an expected audience reach of billions of people per tournament. The airline also had visibility at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

Visit the Qatar Airways website for more details about their official partnership with FIFA.