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The Moodie Report always likes to make a difference in people’s lives and it was with great pleasure – and a lot of fun – that we did exactly that at Doha International Airport on Friday.
Qatar Duty Free Company, a subsidiary of the Qatar Airways group, runs a highly successful car raffle at the Qatari gateway and my visit coincided with the latest big draw.
Extra excitement was added by the presence of a film crew that had been commissioned for my interview a day earlier with Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
In time-honoured fashion I was asked to give the barrel containing all the ticket stubs a spin and then pick out the winning entry (pictured above with Qatar Duty Free Company Marketing Manager Devesh Kuwadekar on the left and Vice President Keith Hunter to the right).
It’s quite some feeling to know that you are about to change someone’s life – within seconds of the draw the winner will get a phone call to advise them of their lucky break.
And the winner? As Master of Ceremonies, Retail Operations Manager Cian O’Sullivan, holds the microphone, I announce the winner as Takao Sakurai from Japan.
It transpired that Mr Sakurai had been working on the New Doha International Airport project as a contractor. The picture below shows me with Keith Hunter and two of the retail staff as a lucky Japanese citizen is about to discover that German cars are pretty good too.