Qatar Airways commemorated the opening of its new ward with a special ceremony held under the patronage of HRH Prince Talal bin Muhammad, Special Advisor to HM King Abdullah II, at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday, October 29th.
Following the inauguration of the ward, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and other representatives from the airline attended the King Hussein Cancer Foundation’s (KHCF) 2019 Hope Gala Event. Sponsored by Qatar Airways as a Diamond Sponsor and Official Airline Partner, the Gala aimed to raise funds to support the vital work of KHCF.
H.E Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is honoured to support the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center and its efforts to fight cancer. I applaud their work to provide patients with the treatment and care they need to beat the disease, as well as its efforts to prevent cancer from developing into its later stages through awareness-raising on a regional and international level.”
“The opening of our new ward at the King Hussein Cancer Center demonstrates our commitment to the Jordanian people and the region. It is one small way Qatar Airways can give back to the local community and contribute to this important cause.”
During the delegation’s visit to KHCC, Qatar Airways’ Oryx Kids Club Mascot, Orry, was present at the children’s play area to entertain children currently undergoing treatment at KHCC while His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker gave out toys to the children. The toys were donated by Box of Happiness, which is a charitable initiative that aims to bring joy to children around the world.
The Qatar Airways Ward will serve leukaemia in-patients through its 24 state-of-the-art rooms, and its naming commemorates the longstanding and fruitful partnership between the airline and KHCF/KHCC. In the past, Qatar Airways has supported the Foundation and Center through the donation of cutting edge lifesaving machinery and medical equipment. Representatives from the airline have also visited KHCC on several occasions, including various characters from the Oryx Kids Club to distribute gifts to children undergoing treatment at the Center.
Qatar Airways has a longstanding relationship with KHCC, having donated gifts to children at the Center on several occasions. The airline has supported a number of other CSR initiatives in Jordan, including the distribution of humanitarian aid packages to underprivileged families in cooperation with the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organisation, Qatar Charity Society, and the Qatar Red Crescent.
Jordan has become one of Qatar Airways’ most important markets since it launched its first flight to Amman in 1994.
A codeshare agreement between Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian Airlines, signed in 2015, connects passengers of both airlines to a greater number of destinations around the world. The partnership was recently expanded to allow passengers of Royal Jordanian Airlines to book travel to Qatar Airways’ destinations in East Asia.