- Tournament to take place between 1-6 March at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha
- Sponsorship highlights Qatar’s ambition to become a global leader in the sporting arena
DOHA, Qatar, 2021-Mar-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) are proud to sponsor the Qatar Total Open 2021 Tennis Tournament at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. The tournament starts today (01 March 2021) and runs through to Saturday, 6 March.
Joining the list of of women’s tennis stars competing this year is Ons Jabeur, the Tunisian superstar and first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. The tournament will also be graced by the likes of two-time champion and World Number 14 Victoria Azarenka, 2017 winner and World Number 6 Karolina Pliskova, along with the tournament’s number 1 seed and World Number 5 Elina Svitolina. In total, six of the top ten Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) superstars will be vying for glory in Doha.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “Tennis is one of the cornerstones of the annual Qatari sports calendar, and we look forward with anticipation to welcome these world-class players to Doha. Women’s tennis is an integral part of Qatar Airways’ extensive sports sponsorship portfolio with the stated aim of making the nation a hub for sports across the region and worldwide.”
Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: “Qatar Duty Free has sponsored the Qatar Total Open Tennis Tournament since 2012 and we are proud to once again be a key partner to one of the world-renowned annual sporting events taking place in Doha.”
“Sports has the power to connect people together, physically and virtually. Despite the challenges faced by the travel-retail industry across the past year, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was more important than ever for Qatar Duty Free to extend our partnership to the 2021 tournament. We are thrilled to be part of this unforgettable and exciting experience and to welcome some of the world’s leading female tennis players to Qatar. We wish them the best of luck.”
The tournament will feature 32 players and will have a total prize purse of $565,530. This will include four qualifiers in the build-up to the crowning of the singles event. For the doubles format, 16 teams will compete for top honours.
Qatar Airways is proud to sponsor and support top-level athletes such as Ons Jabeur, the highest ranked Arab player in WTA history and Qatar Total Open wildcard.
As official FIFA partner, Qatar Airways has sponsored mega events such the 2019 and 2020 editions of FIFA Club World Cup™ and will sponsor the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The airline was also recently announced as the official airline sponsor for the UEFA Euro 2020™, set to take place from 11 June – 11 July 2021, across 12 European cities. The airline also sponsors some of the world’s biggest football clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München, K.A.S. Eupen and Al Sadd SC.
Qatar Duty Free is the official retail sponsor of this year’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open and the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Golf Tournament.
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About Qatar Airways:
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.
Hamad International Airport (HIA), the airline’s home and hub, was recently ranked “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. Rising from fourth position in 2019 to third in 2020, HIA has been steadily rising in the ‘World’s Best Airports’ rankings since the start of its operations in 2014. In addition, HIA was voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row.
Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.
Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 160 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight in the belly-hold of passenger aircraft to an extensive global network. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters and 24 Boeing 777 freighters.
Qatar Executive is the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group. Luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator’s wholly-owned business jet fleet. Qatar Executive is the launch customer for Gulfstream’s G700, the world’s first commercial service operator of the Gulfstream G500 and largest commercial operator of the G650ER worldwide. Qatar Executive’s service portfolio also includes aircraft management, maintenance and Fixed Based Operator services.
For further information, please contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200
Source: Qatar Airways