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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) have announced their sponsorship of the 2015 Qatar Total Open women’s tennis tournament, which will take place from February 21 to February 28, 2015, at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

This year’s championship will see the 2014 winner and world number three, Simona Halep defend her title against other top 10 world-ranked players including the current Wimbledon champion and world number four Petra Kvitova, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska who is ranked world number six, and world number eight Caroline Wozniacki. Seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams will also compete in this year’s tournament.

As part of the Qatar Airways sponsorship, this year the airline is inviting spectators to visit its pavilion at the event where they are being offered the opportunity to have their photograph taken against a choice of backdrops (the Doha skyline, the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 XWB or the bespoke Airbus A380) and then be given a print of the photograph as a gift from the five-star airline.

In the run up to the tournament, Qatar Airways also ran a Facebook competition to win two return tickets from a Qatar Airways gateway city to Doha, two tickets for the semi-finals and final of the tournament and hotel accommodation at Oryx Rotana. The lucky winner was announced on: www.facebook.com/qatarairways.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is proud to continue in its role as the airline sponsor for this internationally recognised sporting event, bringing these world-class players to Qatar for another season of thrilling tennis. As the event continues to grow every year, we are delighted to continue our support, and enable tennis fans to enjoy this great sporting spectacle here in Doha, which has become a global hub for international sport.”

During the tournament, Qatar Duty Free will showcase its portfolio of global luxury brands at a dedicated pavilion located in the public village where visitors can drop in and collect a 10% discount voucher, which they can redeem against their purchases the next time they shop at Qatar Duty Free in Hamad International Airport.

“Qatar Duty Free is very excited to be a sponsor of this prestigious sporting event again this year,” said Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President, Keith Hunter. “This world-class tournament always brings in tennis fans from all over the world, and is a highlight on the Qatar Duty Free annual calendar of events. We are delighted to provide visitors to the tournament with a unique opportunity to collect an exclusive 10% discount voucher, which they can redeem next time they shop at Qatar Duty Free in Hamad International Airport,” he added.

At Hamad International Airport, QDF offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the retailer as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels such as Bulgari, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss, Qatar Duty Free at HIA caters to all passengers’ tastes. In addition, more than 30 cafés and restaurants offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.

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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary, in October 2014, of joining the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 by Skytrax for the second year running in 2014. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join this global airline alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures. Qatar Airways has more than 340 aircraft on order with a value of US $70 billion.

For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Qatar Duty Free
Qatar Duty Free operates out of Hamad International Airport (HIA) in addition to an outlet at Doha Port for the growing number of passengers arriving and departing the State of Qatar by sea. The innovative, 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 Middle East. In 2014, Qatar Duty Free won the Travel Retailer of the Year - DFNI Global Awards, for the second year in a row.

For more information and full terms and conditions, please visit www.qatardutyfree.com.qa

Further information:
Qatar Airways Group Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2072


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