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Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and the Orbital Education Chairman welcomed VIPs and visitors to the ultramodern, purpose-built education facility during the opening event on Sunday, 28 April 2019

Qatar Airways and Orbital Education have celebrated the Official Opening of the Oryx International School’s iconic new, state-of-the-art Mesaimeer campus on Sunday, 28 April 2019

The new Mesaimeer campus first opened its doors to the Oryx International School students in September 2018. The stunning campus includes science and technology laboratories, inspiring performing arts facilities, an indoor 25m swimming pool (with a training pool for beginners), five-star sporting facilities and an ultramodern auditorium.

The school, which has operated in partnership with Orbital Education since 2016, initially on a pilot site near the Airline’s headquarters, offers the British curriculum for the children of Qatar Airways’ employees, from Foundation stage 1 to Year 10.

The Minister of Education, His Excellency Mr. Mohammad bin Abdul Wahed Al-Hammadi; the Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti; and the Minister of Finance, His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, attended The Oryx International School’s official opening event, along with the Chairman of Orbital Education, Mr. Kevin McNeany and globally-renowned musician and Qatar Airways Group Official Composer, Ms. Dana Al Fardan .

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the many wonderful facilities and resources on offer to students at the new, state-of-the-art Oryx International School Mesaimeer campus.

Our vision back in 2016 was to create a premium education facility dedicated to providing an exceptional curriculum and world-beating facilities for the families of the airline’s employees, in a nurturing community-based environment.

We are pleased to see how the school has continued to grow from strength to strength and look forward to learning of the many fantastic acheivements of its students.”

Orbital Education Chairman, Mr. Kevin McNeany, said: “It is inspiring to partner with Qatar Airways who are renowned for their global reputation for excellence. We have seized this opportunity with enthusiasm and have appointed a team of qualified and experienced educators, all of whom are proficient in teaching the English National Curriculum. The facilities which Qatar Airways have provided match any of those within the region and are complemented with the five-star educational experience that their children receive. families of Qatar Airways may be assured that Orbital Education will take the utmost care of their children and develop them to thrive and succeed as global citizens of the 21st century.”

International School Executive Principal, Mr. Derek Laidlaw said: “I am delighted to have been afforded this unique opportunity by Orbital Education and Qatar Airways, to lead the development of the new Oryx International School. Our children come from almost 90 different countries, reflecting the global reputation of Qatar Airways, and have settled extremely well into their new surroundings. We recruit only the very best teachers and support staff in order to provide a truly five-star educational experience for our children.”