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Qatar tribune

Satyendra Pathak


Keeping pace with the exceptionally enthusiastic atmosphere the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 has created in Qatar, QIIB organised a sporting event including a live telecast on a giant screen of the match between Spain and Costa Rica in the group stage matches on Wednesday.

The event, which took place at the Sharq Village, was attended by QIIB Chairman Sheikh Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, board of directors, board members, and the chief executive officer. The event was also attended by QIIB customers, employees, and media persons.

In a statement issued on the occasion, Sheikh Khalid said, “We are committed to celebrating, supporting, and interacting with the most important global event with all our capabilities, whether at the level of institutions or individuals.

“QIIB has always been a pioneer in supporting sports and contributing to sporting events and the values that they represent, which include human and cultural interaction, openness to the experiences of other peoples, and belief in the power of sport and its ability to bridge countries and peoples.”

He said, “We have intended to hold this event today in this place to experience being at the heart of the event, literally. As you are aware, Stadium 974 is only a few hundred meters away from our event, and the largest FIFA fan zone, Doha Corniche, is just a few meters away. We hope that the participants enjoy this event and all the other sporting events, including matches and the accompanying celebrations and festivities.”

Expressing his good wishes to the Qatari team for the upcoming matches, he said, “I wish good luck to the Al Annabi team in its upcoming matches. All the particulars of Qatar’s participation in the World Cup, starting from the meticulous organisation to the warm welcoming of fans and to the national team’s preparations, are part of the picture that integrates to form a beautiful painting throughout our beloved country.”

He said, “We are confident that FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the best-ever world cup tournament. Certainly, we applaud the tremendous efforts exerted by all the organisers of the tournament, and salute the efforts of everyone who contributed to reaching this moment that represents pride for every Qatari and every Arab, because Qatar’s success is a success for all.”

Talking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of the event, QIIB Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdulbasit Ahmed Al Shaibei said, “It is amazing to see how the world is reacting to FIFA World Cup 2022 happening in Qatar. The whole world is talking about us. As one of the leading banks in Qatar, QIIB would like to be part of this success.”

“I have personally watched some of the matches in the stadiums and was quite amazed to see the facilities. I am quite optimistic that this world cup will be a huge success,” he said.

Shaibei said, “In these moments of joy and celebration, we would like to express our special thanks to Visa International. We are holding this event today in partnership with Visa, and in fact, this is a strategic partnership. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has demonstrated its importance, as a lot of campaigns were geared to engage our customers in the World Cup and satisfy the passion of football fans by watching this exceptional event by all measures.”

Shaibei said, “Alike other stakeholders of the banking sector in Qatar, QIIB participates in providing all possible facilities and services in order to carry out its duty in delivering a successful FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 event, which has proved to be an exceptional and unique edition, in the opinion of fair-minded and neutral individuals, in view of the facilities provided and impressive organisational capabilities shown by Qatar.”

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