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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Duty Free, the second largest Duty Free operator in the Middle East recently won the title of Travel Retailer of The Year at the Duty Free News International (DFNI) Global Awards for Travel-Retail Excellence that took place in London, part of the DFNI Charity Fiesta 2013, beating the likes of Dubai Duty Free and Nuance Watson, who were also shortlisted for the category.

Qatar Duty Free earned the award for receiving the highest number of worldwide votes from the travel retail industry for setting new standards of excellence in product offering and service. The prestigious award was accepted by Keith Hunter, Senior Vice President, Qatar Duty Free, on behalf of the organisation in a VIP studded ceremony at The Lancaster Hotel in London.

“Duty Free shopping is an important part of the overall travel experience – and we, at Qatar Duty Free, have always been committed to making this experience as unique and enjoyable as possible by offering travelers a wide range of commercial as well as high-end and luxury products to choose from in a friendly, service-oriented environment.

“We take pride in meeting the shopping needs of each and every one of our customers. Today, we are delighted to receive this award for a second time, knowing that our efforts have been acknowledged and that we are a destination of choice for travelers and travel retail industry experts alike,” said Hunter. The awards ceremony attracted a host of senior-level travel retail and duty free professionals from across the world.

Qatar Duty Free first won this award in 2010, along with the title of the Middle East Travel Retailer of The Year. This year, the Middle East Travel Retailer award is scheduled to be held in at the TFWA Singapore event in May 2013.

Qatar Duty Free offers a wide assortment of Duty Free products across various categories. A key part of its strategy is to offer something for every passenger profile and to make Duty Free shopping a memorable experience. The award-winning Duty Free operator has enjoyed consistent double digit growth year on year.

With the Hamad International Airport set to open in 2013, the Qatar Duty Free team will move their operations into over 25,000sqm of world class retail space, which will include exclusive branded boutiques and products to cater to passengers with varying tastes.

Notes to Editors 

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially announce plans to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com


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