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Page 4 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2017 Qatar Airways keeps focus on its equine partnership with the Al Shaqab centre ON the eve of Australia’s great horse racing carnival featuring the Melbourne Cup, Doha-based international carrier Qatar Air- ways highlighted its expertise in horse transportation and its burgeoning business partnership with Al shaqab, the region’s lead- ing equestrian centre and breed- ing centre for Arabian horses. Established in 1992, Al shaqab has developed to become a ma- jor supplier of pure bred Arabian horses. Located in Qatar and spread out over 980,000 square metres, it has stabling for more than 400 horses. The centre is distin- guished by its dynamic architec- tural design with a central horse- shoe shape, and for setting the highest standards in horse wel- fare, breeding, equine education and research. Its state-of-the-art main arena comprises both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of hold- ing over 5,000 spectators and able to host major international sports events at the highest level. Qatar Airways Cargo has been transporting horses for Al shaqab since 2012. To date, the carrier has flown more than 700 horses for the centre and carries more than 100 champion horses every year for the annual Chi Al shaqab event. This event is the only Concours hippique International competi- tion of its kind in the Middle East and Asia to be sanctioned by the FEI (Federation Equestre Interna- tionale or International Equestri- an Federation) and one of only four ChI equestrian events in the world, featuring the Olympic disciplines of show Jumping, Dres- sage and Para-Dressage. Among the horses transported are Olympic and other world-class tournament winners. The carrier also transports horses for the Lon- gines Global Championship Tour held at Al shaqab every year, and will be transporting 100 horses this month (November) for the grand finale of the Championship tour. Qatar Airways Cargo recently presented a memento of apprecia- tion to the executive director of Al shaqab (which is a member of Qa- tar Foundation), Khalifa Al Attiya, acknowledging the long-term col- laboration in equine transportation between the two organisations. Qatar Airways Group chief exec- utive Akbar Al Baker said: “Every customer is at the heart of our business, and we celebrate our long-standing partnership with Al shaqab, the region’s most dynam- ic equestrian centre and global equine leader with whom we share common values of dedication, commitment and excellence. “We have been honoured to be the preferred equine carrier over the years, and we look forward to further cementing our business relationship. Our state-of-the-art, live animal facility in Doha offers a temperature-controlled environ- ment with air-conditioned hold- ing stalls, a paddock and on-site veterinary personnel providing the highest standard of air transfer for horses that guarantees care, comfort and safe movement from origin to destination.” Khalifa Al Attiya responded say- ing: “We are particularly pleased with the cargo carrier’s dedicated staff and its spacious live animal centre at hamad International Air- port that ensure stress-free trans- fer of our sensitive and high-value horses. We know we can rely on Qatar Airways to provide the required special care during all phases of transportation.” Guillaume Halleux, senior vice president cargo and acting/chief officer cargo (right) presented the memento to Khalifa Al Attiya.