Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) are pleased to sponsor the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2019 tournament on its 27th edition this year taking place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, from December 31, 2018 to January 5, 2019.
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2019 tournament, one of two ATP World Tour events held in the Middle East, hosts many of the world’s best tennis players including world number one Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic.
Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free will mark their presence at the tournament by hosting special booths, offering visitors a taste of their award-winning services. The Qatar Airways booth will feature an interactive green screen where tennis fans can get their photos printed in virtual backgrounds such as upcoming destinations and on an aircraft. The QDF booth will feature a guessing game accompanied by a photo opportunity, visitors will have to guess the number of branded balls in an acrylic box and share it on social media for a chance to win prizes offered by Qatar Duty Free.
In May 2017, Qatar Airways announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw the award-winning airline become the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The partnership, one of the biggest sporting sponsorships in the world, will give Qatar Airways extensive marketing and branding rights at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. The agreement also sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the 2019 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, and the FIFA eWorld Cup.
The airline has an existing sponsorship strategy with premier sporting clubs around the world. Qatar Airways recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with several sports entities, which includes being official airline sponsor of CONMEBOL professional football competitions across South America for the next 4.5 years including the Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores, Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana and the CONMEBOL Recopa.
In addition to the tennis, Qatar Duty Free has also sponsored the Commercial Bank Golf Masters since 2009 and, this year, extended its sponsorship of this sport to the annual TFWA conference in Cannes which welcomes more than 3,000 duty free and travel retail brands and 500 international exhibitors, reaching over 2,000 key executives from major landlords and duty free retailers.
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 Award, 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.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, with a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to over 160 business and leisure destinations across six continents.
A multiple-award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’