Abroad Community/Felix Brambilla
For the previous 15 years, Abroad Community has been a number one Miami-based worldwide vacation spot administration firm and luxurious tourism operator, creating distinctive journey experiences for journey advisors and journey planners worldwide. Felix Brambilla is founder and lead companion.
He’s additionally a world traveler and has first-hand information concerning the wants and desires of the up to date luxurious traveler.
He has carried his firm into the heartbeat of cultural variety, carrying the shopper journey expertise to excess of mere comings and goings. He has chosen to permit his touring shoppers to expertise journey essences – past explanations of vacation spot, to these of luxurious connectivity to tradition, value, and legacy.
“For example,” he mentioned lately, “ If you happen to fly to Prague on a non-public jet, go to the Nationwide Théâtre and the State Opera, and miss strolling on the Charles Bridge at daybreak, experiencing a beer spa, and sampling Prague chocolate, I’d argue you could not totally perceive Prague’s essences and histories. This essence is what our firm offers, permitting our shoppers to be taught cultural connections by permitting them to expertise the extra delicate, dimensional value of the nation, not simply these with extra apparent vacationer attraction.”
Abroad Community- The Souq Waqif, famed market in Doha
It may be intuited by these phrases that Mr. Bramblla’s job is extra of a calling than an precise nine-to-five. The mixed sense of mission and keenness led him and his firm to a brand new, interesting engagement, one which appears becoming to Abroad Community.
It’s this: Abroad Community has change into the official journey companion for Qatar Airways, the Official Airline of FIFA, whose mission it’s to create off-site cultural experiences as a part of the Official Fan Journey Packages for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
At current, Qatar Airways has elevated connectivity to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Value, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. As a part of Qatar Airways aim to carry communities collectively by means of sport, Qatar Airways has a worldwide sports activities partnership portfolio that features soccer-governing our bodies resembling FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.
Due to this distinctive Qatar Airways appointment, Abroad Community has opened an workplace in Qatar, with further subsidiary corporations, to additional develop distinctive native, genuine cultural sights across the stadium match expertise for sports activities followers attending the FIFA World Cup. It’s anticipated that FIFA will appeal to 1.three million guests from greater than 14 international locations to go to the area in November 2022. The FIFA event can even be held throughout eight world-class stadiums designed as homages of Arabian tradition.
Simply two examples of those distinctive designs: Al Janoub stadium, opened its doorways in Could 2019. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the 40,000-seat enviornment attracts inspiration from the Dhow boats which dot Qatar’s waters.
Abroad Community – Dhou — a Qatari boat for pearl fishing
The opposite, Al Thumama stadium is one other purpose-built venue for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Al Thumama Stadium has been designed by Ibrahim M. Jaidah, a properly revered Qatari architect, who was impressed by the gahfiya, a woven cap historically worn by males in lots of Arab international locations. In line with Qatar Airways and Abroad Community’s broader view in the direction of legacy, the 40,000-seat stadium’s capability might be halved after the FIFA World Cup 2022, with seats being donated to international locations requiring sporting infrastructure.
Bedouin Camp at Southern Dunes expertise, close to Doha
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The inflection level, says Mr. Brambilla, is for Abroad Community, together with Qatar Airways, to advertise the FIFA World Cup as a brand new, modern path main towards a brand new, supportive cross-cultural consciousness supplied by an unique vary of cultural experiences. Abroad Community permits their shoppers to expertise
- luxurious pearl fishing in conventional Dhow Boats on sundown cruises.
- Bedouin Desert Camp excursions within the Southern Dunes
- excursions by native guides to Training Metropolis, an leisure camp within the northern area
- Soccer matches organized on a custom-built soccer area within the desert
- Meet-and-greet receptions for followers with skilled gamers
As regards the final, MLS Iron Man Luis Robles, the lately retired soccer participant and the primary ever nominated crew member for the New York Pink Bulls Legends Row, now serves because the athlete model ambassador for Abroad Community and its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 program.
As one of many first U.S. primarily based journey organizations to plant roots in Qatar, Mr. Brambilla and Abroad Journey Community, serves as native cultural concierge and journey planner for international guests. Every day, he understands extra of the character and tradition of Qatar, its Bedouin roots, and up to date enticement for world vacationers.
He feedback, “One of many main the reason why Abroad Community is so enlivened to work with Qatar Airways is we each see our roles, particularly as regard FIFA, as an lively hyperlink, and an moral, cultural bridge that may be created between east and west.
Once I take into consideration the road within the Kipling poem, The Ballad Of East And West, the place there’s the well-known line, “East Is East and West Is West and By no means the Twain Shall Meet”? Nicely, the twain has damaged, and we’re part of this joyful disruption. As a replacement might be, by means of Abroad Journey Community, FIFA and Qatar Airways, a higher potential for training, understanding, and enrichment. That is just the start. There might be far more to return.”
The Training Metropolis Mosque — the community-focused mosque in Qatar and the area. It’s positioned within the Minaretein constructing, which rests on 5 massive columns representing the 5 pillars of Islam, with every that includes a verse drawn from the Holy Koran.
Felix Brambilla is founder and lead companion