Doha, QATAR – Qatar Duty Free’s latest winner of its highly popular millionaire raffle draw has pledged to support local charities with his windfall and pay off his house loan.
Qatari national Mr Mohammed Abdulla Mubarak Bughnaim, aged 42, emerged as the latest winner of Qatar Duty Free’s (QDF) jackpot draw held recently at Doha International Airport, when QDF Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker drew the lucky ticket.
Mr Bughnaim was presented with his money-spinning cheque worth QAR1 million (US$275,000) by Qatar Duty Free Assistant General Manager Krishna Kumari at the company’s offices in Doha.
The father-of-five had bought his lucky ticket at Doha International Airport shortly before catching a Qatar Airways flight to Dubai.
“When I was called by Qatar Duty Free to be told I had won the top prize, I thought it was a friend joking with me,” said Mr Bughnaim.
“But when the company’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Akbar Al Baker took the phone and explained I was the lucky winner, I was excited and immediately broke the news to my wife.
“I told my wife to be calm and not to tell anyone, but when the newspapers carried the story the following day, our friends and family came to know and it was a real cause for celebration.”
He added: “I now plan to pay off a big house loan and donate some of my winnings to local charities and give some money to my parents. I have been lucky and I want to be able to share my success with people close to me and support worthy causes.”
It was the fifth successful millionaire draw organised by Qatar Duty Free – a division of national airline Qatar Airways – which sold 3,000 tickets for QAR450 (US$125) each since the last draw in July 2005.
Al Baker said: “Mr Bughnaim has become our fifth millionaire in a draw that has grown from strength to strength over the past two years and we look forward to welcoming many more instant 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.”
Qatar Duty Free has been experiencing continued and significant growth over the past few years. Last year, turnover increased 70 per cent over the 2004 figures, due to growth in passenger traffic at Doha International Airport and significant expansion of national airline Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, operating scheduled flights from its Doha hub, capital of the State of Qatar, to 69 destinations. Together with its codeshare partners, the airline serves more than 80 cities worldwide. Qatar Airways begins daily scheduled flights to Hong Kong on March 26.
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
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