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Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free Welcome Worldwide Tennis Champions to the ExxonMobil Open Men’s 2018 Tournament

Championship brings world’s male top tennis players to Doha  


DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) will celebrate the opening of the highly-anticipated Qatar ExxonMobil Open Men’s Tennis Tournament 2018, as the Official Airline and Retail Sponsors.

World number-five Dominic Thiem of Austria leads the lineup of competitors at this year’s championship, which will host 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams during the exciting six-day event, where all eyes will be on the world’s top players to see who will take home this year’s winning title. The tournament will be held at the state-of-the-art Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha from 1-6 January 2018.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways is thrilled to once again be the official airline partner of the ExxonMobil Open Men’s Tennis Tournament in Qatar. Together we have attracted the world’s most talented tennis players to Qatar to compete in this fantastic championship.

“This annual competition has become a major highlight on Qatar’s sporting calendar, drawing thousands of international and local fans alike to watch some of the best players in the world compete. Spectators can be certain the event will serve up some amazing matches during the course of the competition. Qatar Airways believes in the power of sport bringing people together, and is proud to support Qatar’s emergence as a world-class sports and entertainment destination.”

Senior Vice President Qatar Duty Free, Mr. Luis Gasset, said: “Qatar Duty Free is thrilled to participate in this fantastic event and welcomes visitors of all ages to watch the competition. We will ensure that spectators are able to sample Qatar’s world-famous hospitality and are warmly welcomed by Qatar Duty Free.

“Special prizes are available at our Qatar Duty Free booth, and four lucky winners will walk away with amazing gifts signed by the tournament’s top players.”

Both Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free will mark their presence at the event by hosting special booths at the sponsors’ village, offering tennis fans a taste of their world-class hospitality. Qatar Duty Free will also display unique gifts signed by the players, providing  four lucky fans with the chance to win them.

Qatar Airways, the Official Airline partner of FIFA, is a leading supporter of major global sporting events, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Club World Cup™.

The award-winning airline received a number of accolades in 2017, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition. In addition to being voted ‘World’s Best Airline’ by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The airline is launching a host of exciting new destinations in 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Thessaloniki, Greece and Cardiff, U.K. to name but a few.

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Canberra, Australia; Penang, Malaysia and Cardiff, UK and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named ‘Airline of the Year’ by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 13 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747-8 freighters.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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