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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Duty Free, the second largest Duty Free operator in the Middle East recently won the title of Travel Retailer of The Year at the Duty Free News International (DFNI) Global Awards for Travel-Retail Excellence that took place in London, part of the DFNI Charity Fiesta 2013, beating the likes of Dubai Duty Free and Nuance Watson, who were also shortlisted for the category.

Qatar Duty Free earned the award for receiving the highest number of worldwide votes from the travel retail industry for setting new standards of excellence in product offering and service. The prestigious award was accepted by Keith Hunter, Senior Vice President, Qatar Duty Free, on behalf of the organisation in a VIP studded ceremony at The Lancaster Hotel in London.

“Duty Free shopping is an important part of the overall travel experience – and we, at Qatar Duty Free, have always been committed to making this experience as unique and enjoyable as possible by offering travelers a wide range of commercial as well as high-end and luxury products to choose from in a friendly, service-oriented environment.

“We take pride in meeting the shopping needs of each and every one of our customers. Today, we are delighted to receive this award for a second time, knowing that our efforts have been acknowledged and that we are a destination of choice for travelers and travel retail industry experts alike,” said Hunter. The awards ceremony attracted a host of senior-level travel retail and duty free professionals from across the world.

Qatar Duty Free first won this award in 2010, along with the title of the Middle East Travel Retailer of The Year. This year, the Middle East Travel Retailer award is scheduled to be held in at the TFWA Singapore event in May 2013.

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. The award-winning Duty Free operator has enjoyed consistent double digit growth year on year.

With the Hamad International Airport set to open in 2013, the Qatar Duty Free team will move their operations into over 25,000sqm of world class retail space, which will include exclusive branded boutiques and products to cater to passengers with varying tastes.

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is proud to be Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways has been awarded World’s Best Airline, World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.


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.


Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 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 sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC 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 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally

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