Oryx International School and Qatar Airways are proud to be the first school in Qatar to display this coveted prize on campus

Qatar Airways, in partnership with FIFA, proudly displayed the coveted FIFA World Cup™ Winner’s Trophy at the Oryx International School (OIS), to the delight of the students and staff.

The FIFA World Cup™ - the biggest sporting competition in the world, is set to be held in the Middle East for the first time in its history. Through the memorable event at the school, students and staff were able to learn more about the upcoming tournament – which kicks off on 21 November and concludes with the final on Qatar National Day, 18 December – as well as learn about football and how hosting presents tremendous opportunities for development and global connection in Qatar.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways always strives to bring communities together, whether through travel or sport. Our partnership with FIFA is a natural extension of this goal to unite the world.”

“Similar to the FIFA World Cup™, Oryx International School unites people from all around the world, with students from more than 90 nations. We are excited to be able to bring together this international school community through the enthusiasm for this tournament and its grand prize.”

Oryx International School Executive Principal, Mr. Derek Laidlaw, an avid football fan said: “We are thrilled for our students to have access to view the Winner’s Trophy, to learn about football, the teams and how this year’s tournament is unique with the focus on sustainability. We would like to thank Qatar Airways and FIFA for giving our students this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in the same room as this historical masterpiece.”

Students from all year groups agreed that hosting the FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar is a proud moment for the country. It is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and unity by bringing people from various nationalities together to support their favourite football players and teams. OIS students expressed that seeing the coveted Winner’s Trophy on display in their school and being given the opportunity to view it was a highlight for all.

One of the goals of hosting the prestigious tournament in Qatar is to leave a lasting legacy that positively echoes through the future generations. This opportunity gave students the chance to get close to the prestigious prize, with the hopes of inspiring them to pick up the values that football brings – including discipline, team-work, perseverance and respect.

A key objective of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is to serve as a catalyst for the achievement of Qatar’s long-term development goals as laid out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2018-2022.

In September 2021, Qatar Airways launched unique travel packages, inclusive of match tickets, return flights and accommodation options. Fans can guarantee their match tickets to support their favourite team during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ by visiting qatarairways.com/FIFA2022.

In its goal to bring communities together through sport, Qatar Airways also sponsored the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the UEFA Euro 2020™, and has an extensive global sports partnership portfolio that includes football-governing bodies such as FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL. As FIFA’s Official Partner, Qatar Airways has sponsored mega events including the 2019 and 2020 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup™, in addition to its sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Qatar Airways also sponsors some of the world’s biggest football clubs including Al Sadd SC, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München, K.A.S. Eupen and Paris Saint-Germain.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivalled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to connect to a destination of their choice.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, in addition to securing five additional awards including World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge, World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat, World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering and Best Airline in the Middle East. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), was also recently recognised as the ‘Best Airport in the World 2021’, ranking at number one in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021.