Doha, QATAR – Qatar Duty Free today elevated a lucky person into the millionaire league, when Qatar Airways Area Manager-Qatar, Ehab Abdel Fattah Amin, drew the winning money-spinning ticket. The raffle draw for the QAR1 million, (US$280,000) cash prize was held at a special ceremony in its large premises at Doha International Airport.
It was the third successful millionaire draw organised by Qatar Duty Free, which sold some 3,000 tickets for QR450 (US$125) each since the last draw in July 2004.
General Manager of Qatar Duty Free, Mr Joseph Gavin and Assistant General Manager Krishna Kumari, were joined by airport officials and media for the raffle draw ceremony.
“Qatar Duty Free is delighted to have given one lucky person the chance to become an instant millionaire,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
“This is our third millionaire raffle draw, marking the largest cash draw that has been held in Qatar.
“We strive to offer great value and a great shopping experience for our valued customers at Qatar Duty Free. The fact that we could offer such a large and exciting cash promotion reflects this determination,” added Al Baker.
Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways has been experiencing continued and significant growth. It enjoyed 62 per cent growth in turnover last year over the 2003 levels and has ramped up its presence in the departures and arrivals area at Doha International Airport.
More than $1m has been invested by Qatar Duty Free in refurbishing the existing shopping facilities in the departures area, which was completed late last year.
The new-look Qatar Duty Free sells a huge range of items, offering passengers a wider choice of products at the best prices and a thoroughly enjoyable shopping experience.
Qatar Duty Free stocks more than 22,000 product lines ranging from perfumes, cosmetics, beverages and food to toys, jewellery and watches featuring leading international brand names such as Bulgari, Rolex and Chopard.
For the first time, the company is stocking a men’s clothing range courtesy of Hugo Boss to create a dedicated fashion area.
Last year the airport saw the second phase of its expansion project take off with a refurbished arrivals area. Improvements at the airport are aimed at increasing passenger capacity from 3.5m to 6m passengers a year.
Work has already begun on the new $5.5bn Doha International Airport, a state-of-the-art facility that will be built on reclaimed land and opened in phases beginning in 2009. Initial capacity will be 12 million, increasing four-fold to around 50 million by the time the airport is fully operational in 2015.
The new airport will have a larger duty free shopping area that will compete at the highest level with many of its rivals around the world.
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world operating a fleet of 40 all-Airbus aircraft to 59 destinations worldwide. The airline plans to serve 70 cities by the end of 2005.
The Qatar Airways group of companies includes Qatar Duty Free, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aviation Catering Company, Qatar Airways Holidays, United Media International, Qatar Distribution Company and Doha International Airport.
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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