Qatar rewarded for economic vision

Qatar Airways has been honoured with a GCC Economic Award at a ceremony in Dubai.The award was one of several presented to Gulf-based companies and individuals recognising their vision and leadership across the region.

The awards, organised by Datamatix, also reflect the significant impact made on the development and enhancement of the GCC economy as a whole.

Qatar Airways’ meteoric rise from small regional player to large-scale international airline in just under 10 years, has made it one of the fastest growing carriers in the world - and with it, earning praise and admiration from industry observers.

Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in guiding Qatar Airways into a dynamic international airline since taking charge of the business at the end of 1996.

Qatar Airways Senior Manager Commercial (East) picked up the GCC Economic Award on behalf of the airline during a night of celebration at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.


The awards ceremony was attended by ministers, business leaders, academics and researchers. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was guest of honour.

The GCC Economic Awards judges’ panel was made up of industry experts, business analysts and top executives from regional and global organisations.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker commented: “I am delighted on behalf of Qatar Airways for being honoured with this wonderful award.

“As an airline, Qatar Airways has come a long way since our relaunch in 1997. The world’s eyes are looking at Qatar Airways as an airline with a strong mission to be among the best in the world.”

Upon receiving the award on behalf of Qatar Airways, Ali Al Rais said the honour was in recognition of the sheer hard work and determination of employees who have helped turn the airline into what it is today.

“We have in a dynamic company under the visionary leadership of a Chief Executive Officer who has been behind the turnaround of this fledgling airline into a highly-respected player in global aviation,” said Al Rais.

“Qatar Airways has been enjoying significant expansion year on year with a consistent annual growth rate of just under 40 per cent which has to be commended.”