More than Words: Qatar Airways Heart for the People of Gaza


As a member of the global travel and tourism industry, Qatar Airways puts money and action behind the need to support the suffering people in Gaza. This 5-star airline transports passengers from around the globe through its busy transit hub in Doha. It’s also an airline that transports much-needed humanitarian help to assist the people of Gaza, those affected most in the Israel-Hamas war.

While some members of the travel and tourism industry still are reluctant to speak out loudly against the unnecessary suffering of the people in Gaza, Qatar Airways has been showing its more quiet but effective support with its commitment by renewing its partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

The agreement was signed after an address by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, in the presence of the UNHCR’s Representative to the State of Qatar, Mr. Ahmed Mohsen, and Qatar Airways, Chief Cargo Officer, Mr. Mark Drusch.

Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer announced the two-year renewal of the partnership between Qatar Airways Group and UNHCR to provide humanitarian relief and assistance to the globally displaced. For the past two years, Qatar Airways Cargo has been working closely with UNHCR to provide humanitarian aid and better the lives of people worldwide.

With this partnership, Qatar Airways will provide another 400 tonnes of free tonnage to UNHCR to help support them in the delivery of crucial aid supplies to those most in need

To meet these goals, the airline uses its hub-and-spoke network out of Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, stated: “We are proud of what we have accomplished through our relationship with UNHCR over the past four years, which has helped support displaced communities around the world.”

He added: “We look forward to the significant renewal of our partnership and continuing to aid those most vulnerable. Qatar Airways Group is committed to fulfilling its humanitarian role by helping refugees and internally displaced people worldwide.”

Ahmed Mohsen, UNHCR’s Representative to the State of Qatar, expressed his appreciation for the strategic humanitarian partnership with Qatar Airways: “We highly appreciate this vital partnership and are proud to renew it for two additional years, which reflects Qatar Airways’ solid commitment to supporting our humanitarian efforts in terms of delivering essential relief items to those most in need.”

By working with Qatar Airways, UNHCR has wide access to deliver life-saving support, including water, medical care, and hygiene materials to keep refugees, internally displaced people, and host community members safe worldwide.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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