Posted on March 07, 2019

Qatar Duty Free (QDF) is pleased to announce that it is an official partner of the Commercial Bank Qatar (CBQ) Masters Golf tournament 2019, taking place at the Doha Golf Club from 7-10 March 2019. The tournament will see 144 world-class professional golfers compete in the tournament, including 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn, two-time Qatar Masters winner Paul Lawrie, as well as two of Qatar’s most promising players, Saleh Al Kaabi and Jaham Al Kuwari.

Qatar Duty Free is also the official sponsor of the Hole in One competition, which will award its winner a $155,000 USD voucher to be redeemed at Qatar Duty Free. QDF will offer visitors a chance to test their golf skills at the QDF-themed booth located in the entertainment village. Together with photo opportunities and a live screening of the tournament, visitors will have a chance to win a selection of luxury products from QDF brands and boutiques at Hamad International Airport, including the recently-opened Qatar Airways Travel Boutique.

Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President, Mr. Bruce Bowman, said: “We are delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, one of the most highly anticipated events on Qatar’s sporting calendar. The finest golfing professionals from around the world come together in Qatar to compete in this tournament, which is very much in alignment with the county’s 2030 vision to become a premier sports destination and host of major global sporting events. “At Qatar Duty Free, we believe in offering travellers the very finest experience, from the moment they tee off to the moment they head home. We wish the participants a successful tournament, and look forward to enjoying this world-class sporting event right here in Doha.”

Qatar Duty Free is also a proud sponsor of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2019 Tournament and the Qatar Total Open Women’s Tennis Tournament 2019. QDF has sponsored the Commercial Bank Golf Masters since 2009 and this year has extended its sponsorship to include the annual TFWA Golf Tournament at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes. This exciting event will welcome more than 3,000 duty free and travel retail brands and 500 international exhibitors, reaching more than 2,000 key executives from major retail brands and duty free retailers.

QDF boasts more than 90 affordable and luxury brands as well as over 30 restaurants and cafés covering an area of 40,000 square metres at HIA and providing travellers with a world-class shopping experience under one roof. Luxury brands also available at the five-star airport include Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Moncler, Rolex and Harrods. As an award-winning travel retailer, in collaboration with Qatar Airways, QDF invites travellers to experience the Qatar Airways Travel Boutique at Hamad International Airport, which offers a selection of exclusive travel essentials. Customers can also experience the luxury of a Qatar Airways A380 First Class seat, shop the latest football strips and dive into the world of Qatar Airways with favourites including a high-end luggage collection, a range of travel games for children, accessories and more.

Qatar Duty Free was awarded 'Airport Retailer of the Year' at the 2018 DFNI Global Awards. In April, the leading airport retailer was recognised at the PAX International Readership Awards, when Qatar Airways won ‘Best In-Flight Duty Free Program’ for the Middle East and Africa and was acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding in-flight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free.

HIA the home of QDF, has met a number of significant milestones in 2018, including being ranked fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’, fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. HIA is the only airport in the Middle East to be ranked in the world’s top 10 airports of 2018. At the annual awards ceremony, HIA also took home the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row, and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third year in a row.