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  • Volume 24 | Number 7894 | 2 RiyalsFriday 17 May 2019 | 12 Ramadan 1440 www.thepeninsula.qa

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    Qatar Airways celebrates sponsorship of FIFA Women’s World Cup in France THE PENINSULA DOHA

    Qatar Airways, the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, unveiled stunning new TVC campaign celebrating the most exciting moment yet to come in women’s team sports: the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, taking place from June 7 – July 7 in cities throughout France.

    The innovative new film fea- tures a mother telling her daughter a wonderful bedtime story. It is a flight of imagination, in which she describes an amazing new land where women’s football reigns, where players rule and fans from many nations gather to cheer. The film features one of the most famous faces from the world of football, Brazilian football superstar Neymar, celebrating with fellow football fans.

    By the film’s end, we realise that mother and daughter are in fact onboard a Qatar Airways aircraft flying to the very desti- nation she has been describing:

    a magical land, where the story of women’s football comes alive. Their relationship is a genuine anchor for the emotion and optimism surrounding the biggest moment yet in women’s team sports: the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The look and feel is fantasy-like, and the story is epic and expressive, highlighting the dreams of both players and fans alike.

    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Women’s football is bigger than

    ever before, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ is the place where the hopes and dreams of many fans and supporters come true. It is truly a wonderful celebration of the women’s game. Our new campaign expresses the excitement of the many fans all over the world who will be watching the tournament as well as the tens of thousands who will travel to France to cheer for their national team in person. As an airline, we believe in the power of sports to unite people, and we look forward to bringing fans together in France this summer to take part in the most exciting event yet in women’s sports.”

    Qatar Airways Senior Vice- President, Marketing and Cor- porate Communications, Salam Al Shawa, said: “The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 is set to be one of the most thrilling events on the global sports calendar this summer. We are tremendously proud to be the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, and we look

    forward to celebrating the spirit of the game this summer in France.”

    24 qualifying teams will compete in nine cities throughout France this summer, including Paris, which will host the opening match, as well as Reims, Valenciennes, Le Havre, Rennes, Grenoble, Montpellier, Nice and Lyon, which will host the semi-finals and final match. In May 2017, the award-winning airline announced its ground- breaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw it become the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The agreement also sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the FIFA eWorld Cup, and the FIFA Women’s World CupTM.

    Qatar assigns economic zones on shores under its sovereignty QNA/DOHA

    The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi, who is also Chair of the ministry’s Committee on the Law of the Sea, issued a statement on the State of Qatar’s assigning of its economic zones on its shores and the shores of islands in the Arabian Gulf under its sovereignty, which included an exclusive economic zone on its shores and the shores in the Arabian Gulf under its sovereignty.

    Exclusive economic zones of the State of Qatar are measured from the baseline of its regional sea in the main shores and the shores of islands that belong to it, and extends 200 nautical miles or to the borders of the territorial waters of the neighboring countries in accordance to bilateral agreements signed between those countries. The State of Qatar exercise full sovereign rights over the natural resources found in its exclusive economic zones in terms of exploration, use, management, and development of these resources and maintaining them. Qatar also has full sovereignty over the zone for conducting scientific research, establishing marine facilities, man-made islands, and taking the nec- essary measures to protect the marine environment.

    Foreign ships are not allowed to fish in the exclusive economic zone mentioned in the declaration unless they obtain a licence from the designated Qatari authorities. Foreign ships that want to conduct scientific research or hydrographic surveys in the area must inform the designated Qatari authorities before carrying out those activ- ities. The rights practiced by Qatar in its exclusive economic zone will not have any implications on the freedom of navigation in inter- national waters that are carried out by other countries, in line with international law. The declaration was made in the context of Qatar’s commitment to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982, particularly articles 74 and 75.

    I am proud of Doha Metro, one of the most important infrastructure projects of our country, which I took tonight to attend the final of Amir Cup football between Al Sadd and Al Duhail. I wish success to the two teams, while remem- bering the late engineer Zaha Hadid, who innovated the design of this spec- tacular stadium, which named today as Al Janoub Stadium.

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    Amir inaugurates Al Janoub Stadium

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    Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani last night inau- gurated the brand new Al Janoub Stadium where more than 36,000 fans witnessed a thrilling Amir Cup final between Al Duhail and Al Sadd.

    With FIFA President Gianni

    Infantino joining scores of foreign dignitaries, Ministers and retired football stars at the opening ceremony, the Amir walked into the new 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium — a fully air- conditioned venue — to rap- turous cheer from fans of the two sides.

    A few minutes earlier the Amir along with a large number

    Thrilling Amir Cup final adds to the splendour as Al Duhail end season with a win

    of citizens and residents travelled on Doha Metro before embarking on a bus to reach the venue.

    A brief yet bright opening ceremony replete with music and a laser show launched the pro- ceedings. Later fireworks lit up the night sky over Al Janoub Stadium.

    A short video detailing Qatar’s pearling history was also played on the new ground’s two big screens. Ghanim Al Muftah, often dubbed the Qatari “miracle child” for having overcome the physical limits imposed by rare Caudal Regression Syndrome which impaired the development of his lower spine, delivered a speech to loud cheer from the packed stadium.

    This is the second 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to be unveiled by Qatar in 24 months. Two summers ago, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) opened the iconic Khalifa International Stadium with a similar spectacular opening ceremony.

    Built from scratch, the ground-breaking ceremony of Al Janoub Stadium took place in 2014. In just five years, the 40,000-seater venue - designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid - has now joined the list of stadiums completed by Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    After the World Cup, the capacity of the new stadium will

    be reduced to 20,000 and the same number of seats will be given to countries keen to develop the game in Asia. The new stadium has reportedly come at a cost of $575m.

    Scores of former football stars also joined in the celebra- tions last night including Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Ronald de Boer and Ruud Gullit. Qatar’s track and field star Mutaz Barshim was also in the stands to watch what turned out to be an enthralling encounter between the country’s top two teams. Spanish football hero Fernando Hierro, Youri Djorkaeff, Sabri Lamouchi, Nasser Hamdan and former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon were also present on the occasion.

    “It’s a marvelous stadium. It’s a grand football venue with a lot of uniqueness. It is different. I like it,” Cafu, who lifted the 2002 FIFA World Cup for Brazil, said yesterday. “I am sure Qatar are progressing nicely. They have done fantastic job. Qatar is doing all the right things to stage a great World Cup. They are ready to welcome the world,” the 48-year-old added.

    “As for the national team, Qatar will play at the Copa America next month. It will be good for the players. It is a big tournament and Qatar have the opportunity to learn a lot as they build a strong squad,” he said.

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    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker

    Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday crowned Al Duhail club, winners of H H the Amir Football Cup, after they beat Al Sadd 4-1 in the final match h