Published on : Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Hamad International Airport (HIA) welcomed four of FC Bayern Munich’s top footballers for a special fan meet and greet event, as part of the unique partnership that pairs aviation’s newest, most advanced international hub with Germany’s most successful football club.
Hamad International Airport arranged a unique opportunity for the fans of the team in Qatar to meet FC Bayern Munich players Xabi Alonso, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba, and Juan Bernat at the state-of-the-art airport on Tuesday 3rd January. 50 lucky fans were selected through online registration, giving them the chance to interact with their favourite players, get autographs, pictures and take home signed FC Bayern jerseys and other coveted merchandise.
At the end of the event, the players chose a lucky winner via a draw. The winner was presented with a pair of flight tickets to fly to Munich and watch an FC Bayern Munich match at the Allianz Arena with a friend.
The FC Bayern Munich players’ arrived in Qatar for the 2017 Winter Training Camp, presented by Hamad International Airport. Their arrival in Doha marks almost a year since the airport was announced as an official platinum partner of the football club. As the country prepares to host FIFA World Cup 2022, this partnership is another key step for the State of Qatar towards achieving its national vision of establishing itself as a global leader in sports.
Engr. Badr Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA-Qatar, said: “Twelve months ago, along with our partners from the club, HIA announced that we would be the official platinum partners of FC Bayern Munich. Today, we are honoured to welcome the entire FC Bayern Munich team to Qatar and provide their fans in the country with an exclusive opportunity to meet their idols in person at our airport.
“HIA offers a seamless and luxurious travel experience, while FC Bayern Munich inspires football fans and creates moments of exhilaration. Together, HIA and FC Bayern Munich are a pitch-perfect match.”
Andreas Jung, Executive Board Member of FC Bayern Munich, said: “We are delighted to partner with HIA, and to bring some of our top players to the airport to meet fans. We hope the fans who engage with our players will be inspired by their talent and leadership so that we can create the next generation of sporting heroes”.
Opened in 2014, HIA is among the world’s most technologically advanced airports. Located conveniently within six hours of 80 percent of the world’s population, HIA is rapidly becoming a preferred global transfer hub.
HIA is an award-winning airport with services and facilities which include Qatar Duty Free, a premium shopping emporium with more than 40,000 square metres of combined retail and dining with more than 70 boutiques and 30 cafés and restaurants. HIA has an airside hotel, two airside squash courts, a gym, a 25-metre swimming pool and spa, all within easy reach of the departure gates. The airport has two runways with dual capacity, one of the largest free span maintenance hangars in the world, a cutting-edge two-storey cargo facility, and one of the world’s largest self-contained catering facilities.