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Qatar : QU Air Sports Club inaugurated.

Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Vice President H.E. Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al Thani inaugurated QU Air Sports Club (QASC) on March 6 in a ceremony held under the patronage of QOC President H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The event was attended by QU President Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham, QU Associate VP for Student Life and Services Mr Abdulla Al-Yafei, officials from QU Student Activities Department and Qatar Air Sports Committee (QASC), as well as faculty, students and staff.

The Club was established in December 2015 following several wins by QU students in international air sports competitions such as their 4th place in the 2nd World Paramotor Championship held in July 2015. It will offer courses and training for air sports amateurs, and engage students in hands-on activities beyond the classroom providing practical experiences in weather forecasting, aviation and mechanical engineering. The Club comprises 29 members from colleges across QU. It is part of QU Student Clubs and Organizations Section, which includes more than 70 clubs and organizations.

The ceremony included an air show performed by QASC, Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC), Qatar Flying Club, and Internal Security Force of Qatar (Lekhwiya). It also included an exhibition featuring booths by the Club, QU College of Engineering, QASC, QAC, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar Ministry of Social Affairs, and The Professional Hobbies. Visitors were provided with information on various types of aircraft such as Aurora, Night Vision, Holly Copter, Code Copter, F-15, Gyrocopter, Delta, Trick and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). They also had the opportunity to register in aviation courses.

In his remarks, Dr Al Derham said: The establishment of the new Air Sports Club at Qatar University aligns with the organizations commitment to provide its students with opportunities and training courses that enable them to practice a wide range of activities from which they can benefit and apply theoretical learning through hands-on experiences in the field of engineering, business and economics. It will also add value to the numerous student clubs at QU, and will contribute to enriching student life.

QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khanji said: At Qatar University, we are demonstrating our commitment to promote a culture of sports among students, and engage them in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and skills-based opportunities that contribute to unlocking their potential, and to enhancing their civic responsibility and spirit of teamwork which will serve them in their future roles as Qatars leaders.

Mr Al-Yafei said: The establishment of the Club will contribute to translating our students potential into tangible projects. It will also help them enhance their sporting and leadership skills by offering a wide range of opportunities and activities in air sports. This will contribute to driving forward our students success in academic and leadership areas.

QU Air Sports Club head student Abdulatif Ali Al-Qahtani said: The establishment of the Club is a testament to the enriching learning environment at QU which provides opportunities for us to heightens our skills, creativity and enthusiasm, and enhances our ability to translate what we learn in the classroom into practical experiences.

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Date:Mar 11, 2016
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