Doha, QATAR – Qatar Duty Free today elevated a lucky person to become the latest millionaire in the company’s exclusive prize draw. Five-year old Nour Salman Al Kawari became Qatar Duty Free’s fourth millionaire. Her winning ticket was purchased from Doha International Airport while accompanying her father on a trip to Dubai on QR112.
Qatar Airways General Manager Finance and Administration, Mr. Richard Forson drew the money-spinning winning ticket for a cash prize of QAR1 million, (US$280,000) during a special ceremony held in the duty free area at Doha International Airport in Qatar.
It was the fourth successful millionaire draw organised by Qatar Duty Free, which sold some 3000 tickets for QR450 (US$125) each since the last draw in February 2005.
Both airport officials and members of the media attended the raffle draw.
“Qatar Duty Free is delighted to have given yet another lucky person the chance to become an instant millionaire,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
“This is our fourth millionaire draw which has grown from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming many more millionaires over the next few months and years to come.
“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.
Qatar Duty Free has invested more than $1m 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.
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 66 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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