The draw was conducted inside the Qatar Duty retail area at Doha International Airport, presided over by senior management of the company.
Babu, a 50-year-old father of two and resident in the Qatari capital for 15 years, said after hearing of the win: “Buying a ticket to win US$1 million has become a habit for me for the last four years whenever I go for annual vacation to my home town in India.
“I am delighted to have finally won and can call myself a lucky person. My win makes me feel more secure as I can plan my family’s future and invest in my children’s education.
“This is the best prize I’ve ever received in my life and I’m sure that I’ll never lose a chance to buy the Millionaire draw ticket again. Qatar Duty free has changed my life and I take this opportunity to wish them continued success.”
An aircraft technician with the Qatar Emiri Air Force, Babu bought his lucky ticket in April before boarding his flight from Doha International Airport to Thiruvananthapuram in southern India.
Congratulating the winner, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “I offer my personal congratulations to Mr Babu on being the lucky winner of the latest draw.
“The Qatar Duty Free Millionaire draw is a very popular promotion and has always been an exciting attraction for duty free shoppers at Doha International airport whether transiting through the airport or departing from Qatar.
“Customers at Qatar Duty Free are a diverse mix of passengers from around the world. To those who missed out on their chance with the Millionaire draw this time, there’s always another opportunity to win.”
The US Dollar Millionaire raffle was launched in May 2006 giving passengers a great opportunity to win the bumper prize as each draw is made after 5,000 tickets are sold.
Departing and transiting passengers at Doha International Airport are able to purchase raffle tickets for USD 263 or QAR 950 each. Tickets can also be bought online by anyone from Qatar Duty Free’s website at www.qatardutyfree.com.qa
Qatar Duty Free operates within the Departures, Arrivals, VIP and the Premium Terminal of Doha International Airport. It also operates an outlet at Doha Port for a growing number of passengers arriving and departing the State of Qatar by sea.
The award-winning Duty Free operator has enjoyed consistent double digit growth year on year and is now the second largest Duty Free operator in the region.
In addition to the highly successful US$1 million cash raffle, the company also holds popular luxury car draws, tickets for which can also be purchased online at www.qatardutyfree.com.qa
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.
In its newly-developed promotional area on the first floor of Doha International Airport, Qatar Duty Free offers passengers exciting promotions, gifts with purchases and personal attentive services.
With the New Doha International Airport set to open soon, the Qatar Duty Free team is already working on creating over 25,000sqm of world class retail space, which will include exclusive branded boutiques and products to cater to passengers from all walks of life.
Qatar Duty Free is a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, and operates within the departures, arrivals, VIP lounge and the Premium Terminal of Doha International Airport. Qatar Duty Free is one of the Middle East’s outstanding success stories in recent years, investing more than US$1 million in refurbishing the existing retail facilities within the departures and arrivals area. For more information, visit www.qatardutyfree.com.qa
Qatar Duty Free has been experiencing continued and significant growth in recent years, currently operating over 2,500 sqm of retail space. In 2010, Qatar Duty Free won the Travel Retailer of the Year - DFNI Global Awards and the Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year – and will establish a new home at New Doha International Airport in the coming months. For more information, visit: www.ndiaproject.com