LONDON – This week, Qatar Airways celebrated the opening of Fuwairit Kite Beach Resort, the new world-class destination for kite sports northeast of Doha.
The opening of the new beach resort was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser bin Ali Al Thani, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Qatar Tourism Chairman.
The event welcomed several VIP guests, top-ranking kitesurfing champions, and media for an evening of tours and festivities to highlight the premium features of Fuwairit, marking yet another sports destination for travellers from around the world.
Set on beautiful sandy shores, the resort features several spaces for relaxation including a pool, yoga pavilion, an outdoor cinema, and a state-of-the-art gym. With a total of 50 rooms, the resort offers 40 beach-front rooms, where guests can enjoy the tranquillity of a natural lagoon.
To cater for international kite surfers, a specialist Kitesurf Centre will be operated by Discover Qatar, the Destination Management Company of Qatar Airways. Package options will also be made available and will include accommodation, kitesurf lessons, day passes with equipment hire, and more.
Qatar Airways statement
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Qatar Tourism Chairman His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar is a multi-faceted tourist destination and today, we unveil our latest milestone in reaffirming our status as a world-class travel destination.”
“The spirit of Qatar Airways is to bring the world together – through travel and sport. Kitesurfing perfectly complements both these avenues, and we look forward to welcoming kite surfers of all levels to this state-of-the-art resort.”
“We are fortunate to host some of the leading names in the sport, who are here with us today as they continue on their Kite World Tour.”
“We look forward to welcoming them back in 2023 when the resort hosts the ‘Visit Qatar Freestyle World Cup’ – it is a testament to the facilities and infrastructure at Fuwairit Kite Beach Resort.”
During the course of the opening ceremony, the dignitaries were also presented with the opportunity to release hawksbill turtles along the pristine shores, as part of the resort’s commitment to preserving the ecosystem that surrounds it.
GKA Kite World Tour
Kite sports are one of the fastest growing and most exhilarating new sports, and Qatar’s first kitesurfing destination is particularly suited to the activity.
With calm, shallow waters it provides amateurs the perfect space to learn and allowing professionals to push their limits and test new skills.
In May 2022, Qatar Airways announced a new long-term partnership with the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) Kite World Tour, becoming the Title Partner and Official Airline of the World Tour through 2024. Together with Qatar Tourism, the Official Tourism Partner of the Kite World Tour, the two organisations will host the GKA World Tour stops at the new beach resort in 2023 and 2024.