Qatar Airways welcomes new CEO with a vision for innovation and excellence

Qatar Airways is proud to announce that Eng. Badr Al Meer has assumed the role of Group Chief Executive Officer at Qatar Airways Group following the retirement of H.E. Mr. Akbar al Baker after 27 years of unparalleled service.Eng. Al Meer’s distinguished career has been forged over two decades pioneering multi-billion-dollar aviation, construction, and real estate development projects, while also reflecting Qatar’s succession planning towards a new generation of leaders. Since 2014, Eng. Al Meer has served as Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport, leading critical divisions such as MATAR – the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management, Qatar Duty-Free, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aviation Catering Company, Qatar Distribution Centre, Dhiafatina Hotels, and Qatar Airways Global Real Estate.“His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker has left an indelible mark on this organization, having built Qatar Airways from the ground up into to the world class airline it is today – with 241 aircraft, 43,000 employees and over 160 worldwide destinations. It has been an honor to serve under his guidance, and I pay tribute to him as he heads into a new chapter,” said Al Meer.“For the past 10 years, I have dedicated my career to making an impact at Qatar Airways Group and am looking forward to leading our national carrier into a new era – one in which a culture of trust and empowerment will be the building blocks of our shared success.”“In today’s dynamic and constantly evolving travel industry, I plan to invest in the priorities and concerns of my generation, and will place a renewed focus on harnessing emerging technology, developing and implementing sustainable aviation solutions, and further improving our customer experience – while simultaneously continuing the aggressive growth and world-class service we have always offered. I take immense pride in our role as the most welcoming gateway to the world – and look forward to further enhancing our position as a favored travel destination.”During his tenure at Hamad International Airport, Eng. Al Meer adeptly guided the airport through major milestones and unprecedented challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, a 10 billion QAR ($2.7 billion USD) expansion project, and the historic FIFA World Cup 2022 – which saw the airport welcome more than a million visitors.His leadership has also played an instrumental role in Hamad International Airport being named “World's Best Airport” by the prestigious SKYTRAX World Airport Awards (2021 and 2022), as well as “Best Airport in the Middle East” for nine consecutive years by SKYTRAX, the largest annual global airport customer satisfactory survey in the world.Prior to joining Hamad International Airport, he spent a decade with the United Development Company (UDC), a Qatari public shareholding company and the Gulf state’s leading construction firm, ultimately rising to the position of Acting Chief Executive Officer. During this time, he oversaw the delivery of UDC's flagship endeavor, the Pearl Project, a renowned urban development project in Qatar celebrated for its architectural design.With engineering degrees from the American University of Beirut and the University of Colorado, Eng. Al Meer brings to the role a solid educational foundation and a wealth of business insight and technical expertise in engineering, construction, and large-scale project development.In his new role as Group CEO, Eng. Al Meer's track record of successful projects and expertise in aviation and project management uniquely positions him to lead Qatar Airways Group into an exciting new era.Last week, Qatar Airways Group reported soaring profits of $1.026 billion for the first half of the fiscal year, an increase of over 100% compared to the same period last year. Passenger levels also witnessed growth, increasing by 22% to 19 million, due to higher load factors. The airline's profit’s were supported by the return to service of its Airbus A350 fleet, its partnership with oneworld members, and other strategic alliances across China, Europe and Australasia.

SRJ Sports Investments announces Gold sponsorship of Al-Ittihad Club

Jeddah: Al-Ittihad Club has signed a gold sponsorship agreement with SRJ Sports Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund.As part of the sponsorship agreement, SRJ Sports Investments will have its logo displayed on Al-Ittihad Club’s distinctive kit, as well as a series of other rights including its brand and content being displayed on LED billboards in the stadium and in the backdrop of media interviews conducted by Al-Ittihad players.Abdulwahab Abed, CEO of Al-Ittihad, said: “Today, we signed a sponsorship agreement with a national company that begins its journey to contribute to the development of Saudi sports, contributing to the realization of Vision 2030 which prioritizes the sports sector and meeting the demands of our youth. We are committed to making our capabilities available to our partners and sponsors, to help them achieve their investment goals and utilize the overwhelming popularity and prestigious position of our club which will represent all the Saudi clubs in the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup™.”Bander Bin Mogren, Chairman at SRJ Sports Investments commented: “We are proud to sponsor this year’s reigning Roshn Saudi League champions. Al-Ittihad Club is a winning team, boasting one of the most dedicated football fan bases both internationally and within Saudi. The team maintains a deep heritage within Saudi Arabia’s football scene, and we have seen them demonstrate resilience and ambition. These are all synergies that SRJ Sports Investments continue to draw on as we embark on our mission to develop a world-class sports sector in Saudi Arabia and across the MENA region.”For more information on SRJ Sports Investment visit:

FIFA Women's World Cup matches stream live on TOD in MENA

Doha: All FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 matches stream live on TOD for the MENA region with users able to access on-the-go viewing, match highlights, and interactive timelines. For more information on streaming the matches please visit www.tod.tvThe FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 is set to make history as Morocco, the first Arab team to compete in the prestigious tournament, takes on formidable Germany in a Group H showdown. The match will kick-off on 24 July at 11:30 Doha time, at Melbourne’s iconic Rectangular Stadium.Germany, the FIFA Women's World Cup champions in 2003 and 2007, are strong favorites in Group H. Despite its heartbreaking loss in the UEFA Euro 2019 final, Germany remains a powerhouse in women's football with an exceptionally talented and experienced squad.The Atlas Lionesses’ remarkable journey to the Women's World Cup has captured the hearts of football enthusiasts in the Arab world marking a historic moment for women's football in the region. The team’s recent achievement of reaching last year’s finals of the Women's AFCON though narrowly missing out on the title against South Africa, highlights its determination and rising international potential.Under the leadership of Captain Ghizlane Chebbak, and the talented Rosella Ayane, Morocco has been meticulously preparing to face the world's best. Ranked 72nd in the FIFA world rankings, the second lowest of any team in the tournament, Morocco is coached by the accomplished Reynald Pedros, a two-time UEFA Women's Champions League winner with Lyon.“With the spotlight firmly fixed on the German and Moroccan national teams, football enthusiasts from the region eagerly look forward to this historic face-off, as it symbolizes the rising prominence of women's football in the Arab world,” said John Paul Mckerlie, VP Marketing and Sales at TOD.