Posted on December 10, 2018

ExxonMobil Qatar and the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) have launched a series of promotional activities marking the launch of the 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, which will take place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on December 31, 2018 - January 5, 2019.

A ribbon cutting ceremony at xxxxx marked the official launch of the promotional activities. Saleh Al Mana, Vice President and Director of Government and Public Affairs for ExxonMobil Qatar; Tareq Zeinal, General Coordinator of Qatar ExxonMobil Open, and Karim Alami, Tournament Director took part in the event. At the center of this year’s activities is an exciting and creative environmental awareness campaign, which ExxonMobil Qatar launched on November 27, 2018 to run through January 5 - the last day of the tournament. The campaign revolves around a dugong mascot called Morjan and his family Toola and Marah, as it aims to help raise awareness of the dugong population that lives in Qatar’s waters.

Morjan, Toola and Marah’s names were chosen by students through a competition that took place at government schools in October. The winning students were present at the launch ceremony. “We’re pleased to announce the start of promotional activities for the 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open together with our partner the Qatar Tennis Federation,” said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar. “Today’s event will help get the word out that this outstanding annual sporting event is coming to Doha very soon. I’m also pleased to announce that we are raising awareness of a local environmental conversation issue in this year’s tournament activities.” “We look forward to another great year as we continue our mission to highlight the remarkable tennis experience the tournament offers in the wonderful and welcoming city of Doha,” added Routledge.

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Tareq Zainal- General Coordinator of Qatar ExxonMobil Open “We are pleased to mark once again the countdown of a new edition of the prestigious Qatar ExxonMobil Open with this series of promotional activities. We are proud of our tremendous association with ExxonMobil in promoting tennis in Qatar.” “The 27th Edition of the event is coming up in three weeks from now and we hope tennis fans will have another spectacular tennis experience with us.” He added. Karim Alami-Tournament Director “Qatar ExxonMobil Open is one of the signature events in Qatar’s sporting calendar. We are once again reiterating our commitment to promoting tennis as much as possible as well as creating a fun-filled atmosphere ahead of the tournament. We are proud of what we’ve been able to do together with Qatar ExxonMobil and I believe this year’s tournament will be bigger and greater.”

“I’m pleased to be part of this ceremony to launch the tournament’s promotional activities, and its wonderful that this year’s promotional activities highlight a local conservation issue – the protection of dugongs. This is an important issue for us in Qatar, but unfortunately many people who live here don’t know much about this fascinating marine mammal or how it is under threat,” said Dr. Mohamad Al-Sulaiti, Research Director, ExxonMobil Research Qatar. “Dugongs play a vital role in ocean ecosystems - they cycle nutrients within the ecosystems in which they forage. It is critical that we protect their key habitats and manage key threats. But to do so, we need to engage communities, foster stewardship and improve knowledge, and this year’s campaign is going to be a great help in accomplishing this,” he added.

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As part of its environmental awareness campaign, ExxonMobil Qatar is inviting social media users on Instagram and Twitter to visit stands located in Doha Festival City, Villagio Mall and Souq Waqif, and take a photo with Morjan. They can then participate in a competition by posting their photos with the hashtag #Dugongs_matter for the chance to win valuable prizes and also learn more about dugongs, which are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As a big tennis lover and enthusiast, Morjan will encourage people to attend the 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open and experience great tennis.

ExxonMobil Qatar has planned two other competitions for their social media followers on Twitter and Instagram to help educate the general public about Qatar’s dugong. One of the competitions is a trivia one and will run from December 10 to January 5, giving followers the chance to win exciting prizes by posting their answers using the hashtag #Dugong_facts. A leading local social media influencer will carry out the second competition, which will be held in two parts – the first on December 6, and the second on December 18. Details of how to participate will be revealed by the influencer and also include valuable prizes.

The 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open will bring together some of the world’s top players to compete for the trophy and a share of the prize money. Confirmed tournament participants include: Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, and David Goffin.

Tickets for the six-day event are available to the public online at www.qatartennis.org, as well as at various locations across Doha.

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