Qatar Airways employees walk down HIA’s runway to promote good mental health

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Hundreds of Qatar Airways employees completed a walk of 4.8 km down Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) east runway yesterday, at an event organised by the airline to promote good mental health among its staff and their families.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, attended the walk, alongside HIA Chief Operating Officer Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, and Qatar Airways Group Medical Director, Dr. John Roberts. They were joined by Susan Clelland, Acting Executive Director, National Mental Health Program, at the Ministry of Public Health; Iain Tully, Chief Executive Officer for Mental Health at Hamad Medical Corporation; and Dr. Samya Ahmad Al Abdulla, Executive Director of Operations at Primary Health Care Corporation.

The walk was designed by Qatar Airways to highlight the habits that support good mental health, such as regular exercise and participation in social, community-based activities. It was the first event of its kind organised by the airline and represented a unique opportunity for employees to explore HIA’s runway at first hand. 

Akbar Al Baker said: “Walking down HIA’s runway alongside hundreds of colleagues to promote this worthy cause was a wonderful experience for our staff. At Qatar Airways, we understand that mental health is as important as physical health to overall wellbeing. I hope that this walk has contributed to raising awareness of mental health among our employees and encourage meaningful conversations between colleagues. I would like to thank everyone who attended today – it is only through the individual actions that we can create change.”

The walk started at 10am and concluded at 11am. Before the walk began, employees and their families enjoyed a range of activities at HIA’s boarding gates, including children’s games, food and beverage stalls, and a visit from Qatar Airways mascots Orry and Orah. After the walk, employees received a medal for their participation. 

The event at HIA is just one of the many ways that Qatar Airways works to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. It is one of the few airlines in the world to provide in-house mental health support to employees through a dedicated team of trained psychologists led by Qatar Airways Group Medical Director, Dr. John Roberts. It is also the only organisation outside the health sector in Qatar that has an in-house team of mental health professionals.