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Qatar Duty Free At the Fore of MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix 2023

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The World Leading Travel-Retailer is the Founding Partner of the MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar 2023

Qatar Duty Free (QDF) is named the founding partner of the MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar 2023 as it plays a pivotal role in supporting the world-renowned motorsport event hosted at the newly upgraded state-of-the-art Lusail International Circuit. The final race weekend will take place from 17 to 19 November.

Under the terms of the three-year sponsorship agreement signed in September 2023, QDFis officially assigned to support two major motorsport events hosted at the Lusail International Circuit, which include:

  1. The Formula 1® Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix, which took place in October of this year
  2. The MotoGP Qatar AirwaysGrand Prix of Qatar

With this partnership, Qatar Duty free will benefit from vast brand exposure to millions of people tuning in through global TV. In addition, the world-leading travel retailer will receive prominent brand visibility throughout the iconic racing venue.

Senior Vice President of Qatar Duty Free, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said, “We are proud to support the MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar, an elite motorsport event and a very valuable addition to Qatar’s sporting legacy. Our partnership with Lusail International Circuit took place this year, starting with Formula 1, which was undoubtedly a great success.

We look forward to continuing this successful partnership in the upcoming years, in which we will be fully committed to enhancing the fan experience at the Lusail International Circuit.”

The Lusail International Circuit has undergone comprehensive renovation and development earlier this year; offering an exceptional experience for the drivers and fans. Since its renovation, the circuit has hosted the Formula 1® Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 and now the MotoGP TM Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar 2023,both supported by Qatar Duty Free.

Qatar Duty Free has shown an unwavering commitment to the sports industry in Qatar by supporting prestigious events such as the Qatar Women’s Total Open, the Qatar Men’s ExxonMobil Open tennis tournaments, and the Ooredoo Qatar Major Premier Padel Tournament. Last month, QDF was named the founding partner of the Formula 1® Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix, as part of its sponsorship agreement with the Qatar Lusail International Circuit.


About Qatar Duty Free

Featuring over 200 retail and dining outlets, Qatar Duty Free (QDF) is creating a new airport experience while reinventing airport shopping and dining for a new generation of travellers.

Since its initial conception in 2000, with less than 50 staff members, QDF has grown to over 4,000 employees from 62 nationalities.

We offer diverse eating and shopping opportunities and unique ways to enjoy Hamad International Airport as well as being the launch pad for experiences not found anywhere else.

QDF sits within a unique, wider eco-system that also includes Qatar Airways (the parent company) and Hamad International Airport. This ‘trinity’ model of airport, retailer and airline creates a world-class airport retail experience for passengers. Each company harmonises with the other as part of an integrated ecosystem. Together, we provide our shared customer base with a 5-star experience, including innovative retail products, global brand firsts, exclusives and exceptional dining opportunities.

Qatar Duty Free has been named the ‘World’s Leading Airport Duty Free Operator 2022’ and ‘the Middle East’s Leading Airport Duty Free Operator 2022’ in the World Travel Awards. QDF also won the 2022 “Best Customer Experience Airport Retailer” at Global Brands Magazine Awards, and recently scooped an unprecedented 12 titles at the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) + Hospitality Awards 2023, including Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year. The award-winning travel retailer also scooped the top prize of Airport Retailer of the Year at the 2023 Frontier Awards, along with the Best New Shop Opening and Outstanding Contribution titles.

Hamad International Airport won the “World’s Best Airport for Shopping” at the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2023, attributed to Qatar Duty Free retail and F&B strategy to offer the best experience for passengers at the airport.

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