Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and Visa Inc. are offering two lucky passengers the chance to win a luxury full package trip to Brazil for 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

This extraordinary prize which includes tickets to the semi-finals, airline tickets, four days and three nights in a 4-star hotel, pre-match hospitality and local tours, branded merchandise, and a US$150 pre-paid Visa card, is all courtesy of the award-winning retail operator QDF and Visa Inc., one of the largest retail electronic payment networks.

From 1 March to 31 March 2014, Visa card holders will have the chance to enter a raffle draw every time they make a purchase of QR550 (US$ 150) at QDF in Doha International Airport (DIA) using their Visa credit or debit card. And Visa card holders will have multiple chances to win this exclusive QDF offer, receiving up to 10 coupons for spending QR5,550 (US$ 1,510) and above.

Senior Vice President of QDF, Keith Hunter, said:

The FIFA World Cup has always been a major attraction for our customers so we are proud to offer them something this extraordinary. I am delighted that we have partnered with Visa this year, ensuring QDF customers receive two exclusive, all expenses paid packages to the semi-finals. These packages will undoubtedly be an experience the winners will remember for the rest of their lives. And the QDF team is looking forward to a month of football festivity in the airport. This is one of many exciting promotions that we have lined up for our customers this year.’

Located at DIA, QDF operates within the Departures, Arrivals, and VIP terminals as well as the Premium Terminal of DIA. It also operates an outlet at Doha Port for a growing number of passengers arriving and departing the State of Qatar by sea. QDF is redefining the travel retail experience to become the preferred shopping destination for passengers, by constantly offering innovative retail programmes. The vast array of duty free products paired with Visa Inc. payment options presents a win-win for QDF customers and DIA passengers alike.

Visa is one of six FIFA partners with global rights in the Financial Services product category to all FIFA World Cup activities. This partnership follows its debut as an official sponsor at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and has run through 2014 to include the rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Visa recently announced the extension of its sponsorship of FIFA through 2022.

Visa’s Head of Regional Marketing for MENA, Karim Beg, said:

We are delighted to partner with Qatar Duty Free to enrich Visa cardholders’ overall shopping and travel experience. With our 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil promotion, we are inspiring Visa cardholders to be part of the world’s biggest football event and, at the same time, highlighting the list of benefits of Visa’s products, which include convenience, worldwide acceptance, and security.’

Hamad International Airport (HIA), which is set to open in 2014, will offer 40,000 square metres of combined retail and food and beverage facilities, establishing HIA and QDF as the premier shopping destination. With 80 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, high street fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, QDF at HIA will cater to passengers of all tastes. In addition, 30 cafes and restaurants will offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.

For more information, visit QDF’s website.

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McDonald’s Sends Two Lucky Qatar Residents to 2014 FIFA World Cup

McDonald’s Qatar announced the two lucky winners from Qatar who will be traveling to the 2014 FIFA World Cup live in Brazil, as part of the highly anticipated McDonald’s Big Match competition. The competition offered 42 GCC customers and a guest to win an all-expense paid trip to the world’s most anticipated football tournament.

Beyond the 42 World Cup packages, millions of Instant Win prizes were on offer during the competition, including McDonald’s food and Coca-Cola merchandise; the Sony Play Station 4 (PS4); the Sony PS Vita; Adidas-branded bags and caps; and a replica of the Brazuka, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup ball. Every eligible participant was a guaranteed winner.

The lucky winners of the Qatar draw were Mohammad Aslam Mohammad Tufail, age 51, originally from Pakistan, and Muhamed Navas Thadathil, age 30, from India.