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Qatar Airways Becomes Global Main Partner of FC Barcelona

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Qatar Airways has signed a strategic partnership with football giants FC Barcelona that sees the airlines brand name appear on first team shirts from the start of the 2013/14 season. The three-year agreement will be effective from 1 July 2013.

FC Barcelona is a club that exemplifies passion, pride, heritage and culture at its core. These are values we share, admire and are fundamental to Qatar Airways, said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker. Qatar Airways is entering a new chapter in our short history. We look forward to working with, and engaging with, the club, the fans and the people of Barcelona to help make a real difference through this exciting new partnership. It is great pride for my airline and my country to see Qatar Airways feature on FC Barcelonas first-team shirts from next season. We know and understand the passion of the people of Catalonia, who live and breathe football. Football is a religion for tens of millions of fans globally. At Qatar Airways, we are able to bridge supporters and communities linking Barcelona with millions of loyal fans around the world.

FC Barcelona, the reigning Copa del Rey Spanish Cup champions, is a club steeped in history dating back more than 100 years. Owned by the fans and by the people of Catalonia, the club is one of the richest in the world, home to world-class players, including Lionel Messi.

Club president Sandro Rosell said, From 1 July, we will be able to work with global company Qatar Airways, with whom we share many things such as the search for excellence. This sponsorship deal will bring great advantages, not just for the Club, but also for our city and our country.

He also thanked current shirt sponsors Qatar Foundation, saying, This is an organisation we have had a very productive relationship with during these last two years and which we will continue to be connected with.

Qatar Foundation will continue its relationship with FC Barcelona as Human Development Partner.

As part of the agreement with Qatar Airways, the airlines name will adorn, from the start of the 2013/14 season, Barca first-team shirts at La Liga matches across Spain, Champions League matches across Europe, as well as friendly matches, including FC Barcelonas pre-season tours.

The airline will be working with FC Barcelona on creating joint initiatives, centering on added value flight and holiday packages for fans globally, as well as a host of community programmes involving loyal followers across the world ensuring both brands remain at the pinnacle of their respective fields.

Qatar Airways has been present in Spain for over seven years, initially launching flights to the capital Madrid, before introducing Barcelona to its network in June 2010.

The carrier now operates 17 services each week to and from Spain daily non-stop between Doha and Madrid, and a further 10 weekly flights linking Barcelona with the Qatari capital.

Mr Al Baker said, Sport is a key pillar of our growth strategy, in line with the long-term vision of the State of Qatars inspiring leader The Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to develop sport as fundamental element to our countrys development. Qatar Airways has been actively developing its sports strategy, tying up with organisations in Qatar and overseas that match our aspirations and FC Barcelona is an example of an institution that clearly fits in with our strategy.

Qatar Airways, Spain, Doha, Qatar, Barcelona, Football

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