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Qatar Airways Celebrates with Gala Dinner in Dublin

Qatar Airways Celebrates with Gala Dinner in Dublin

As is its custom, Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of a new route – this time Dublin-Doha – with a gala dinner and ‘local’ entertainment from Affinity, Riverdance, and Ronan Keating.

Affinity entertained the guests on arrival and during the dinner

Affinity entertained the guests on arrival and during the dinner

Over 230 people attended the glitzy event in the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin, which was ably MC’ed by Amanda Byram.

Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive, Qatar Airways Group, addresses his guests

Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive, Qatar Airways Group, addresses his guests

Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive, Qatar Airways Group, pointed out that the airline was also celebrating its 20th anniversary, that its aircraft fleet has an average age of five years, and that its cabin crew has an average age of 26 years – “whereas you know you are only served by grandmothers on crap American carriers”.

Akbar Al Baker presented five lucky prize draw winners with Business Class tickets for two to anywhere on the Qatar Airways network of 150+ destinations

Akbar Al Baker presented five lucky prize draw winners with Business Class tickets for two to anywhere on the Qatar Airways network of 150+ destinations

Referring to the current ‘blockade’ of Qatar by four Saudi Arabia-led countries, he asserted that: “We will not bend to these four bullies and will stand up even higher.”

Martin Penrose, If Only…, with Fiona Dobbyn and Marek Maslowiec, Classic Resorts

Martin Penrose, If Only…, with Fiona Dobbyn and Marek Maslowiec, Classic Resorts

Maureen Delmar, MD Travel; Des Abbott, Des Abbott Travel; and Deirdre Sweeny, Sunway

Maureen Delmar, MD Travel; Des Abbott, Des Abbott Travel; and Deirdre Sweeny, Sunway

Peter Friedrich, TravelCube (centre), with David O’Hagan and Shane Coburn, Donabate Travel

Peter Friedrich, TravelCube (centre), with David O’Hagan and Shane Coburn, Donabate Travel

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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