Qatar Duty Free today elevated a lucky person to become the latest millionaire in the company’s exclusive prize draw. Five-year old Nour Salman Al Kawari became Qatar Duty Free’s fourth millionaire. Her winning ticket was purchased from Doha International Airport while accompanying her father on a trip to Dubai on QR112.
Qatar Airways General Manager Finance and Administration, Mr. Richard Forson drew the money-spinning winning ticket for a cash prize of QAR1 million, (US$280,000) during a special ceremony held in the duty free area at Doha International Airport in Qatar.
It was the fourth successful millionaire draw organised by Qatar Duty Free, which sold some 3000 tickets for QR450 (US$125) each since the last draw in February 2005.
Both airport officials and members of the media attended the raffle draw.
“Qatar Duty Free is delighted to have given yet another lucky person the chance to become an instant millionaire,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
“This is our fourth millionaire draw which has grown from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming many more 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,” added Al Baker.
Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways has been experiencing continued and significant growth. It enjoyed 62 per cent growth in turnover last year over the 2003 levels and has ramped up its presence in the departures and arrivals area at Doha International Airport.
Qatar Duty Free has invested more than $1m in refurbishing the existing shopping facilities in the departures area, which was completed late last year.
The new-look Qatar Duty Free sells a huge range of items, offering passengers a wider choice of products at the best prices and a thoroughly enjoyable shopping experience.
Qatar Duty Free stocks more than 22,000 product lines ranging from perfumes, cosmetics, beverages and food to toys, jewellery and watches featuring leading international brand names such as Bulgari, Rolex and Chopard.
For the first time, the company is stocking a men’s clothing range, courtesy of Hugo Boss to create a dedicated fashion area.
Last year the airport saw the second phase of its expansion project take off with a refurbished arrivals area. Improvements at the airport are aimed at increasing passenger capacity from 3.5m to 6m passengers a year.
Work has already begun on the new $5.5bn Doha International Airport, a state-of-the-art facility that will be built on reclaimed land and opened in phases beginning in 2009. Initial capacity will be 12 million, increasing four-fold to around 50 million by the time the airport is fully operational in 2015.
The new airport will have a larger duty free shopping area that will compete at the highest level with many of its rivals around the world.