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  • Muscat Duty Free celebrates Oman National Day with launch of new Supercar Draw

    Mon, 18 November 2013

    On the 18th November Muscat Duty Free (MDF) launched its new Supercar Draw. The launch coincided with Oman’s 43rd National Day. The Maserati Gran Turismo is the highest ever valued car that MDF has raffled.  It retails at 53,000 OMR ($137,000). Tickets are priced at 50 OMR ($130) and there are 1,400 on sale. They can be purchased from any of MDF’s stores in Muscat International Airport. In the past MDF has successfully raffled Mercedes, Lexus and BMW luxury cars but this is the first time Muscat Airport will see a “Supercar”.

    Commenting on the launch, Tom Byrne, General Manager, MDF said, “Muscat Duty Free is delighted to be able to offer our customers a chance to win a truly incredible sports car. We wanted to do something very special to celebrate Oman’s 43rd National Day and the Maserati Gran Turismo will bring further luxury and excitement to our existing raffle draws. MDF are delighted to enhance our retail environment with this very special car raffle”.

    The draw will be held when all 1,400 tickets are sold.

    Besides the Maserati car raffle MDF is offering the Mercedes SLK 200 with tickets priced at 35 OMR ($67).In picture, Tom Byrne (General Manager MDF), Pat O Connor (Operations Manager MDF) and Saud Al Farazi (Head of Security MDF).

     

  • An Omani National wins US$50,000 cash raffle draw at Muscat Duty Free

    Wed, 07 April 2013

    The Muscat Duty Free Grand Cash Raffle Draw (US$ 50,000) was successfully held in the presence of Mr. Saeed Sulaiyem Saeed Al Kindi, Secretary of the Trade Affairs Department (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and the Muscat Duty Free management General Manager, Mr. Tom Byrne, Finance Manager, Mr. Shantha Madurapperuma & Operations Manager Mr. Pat O Connor on 26th march at Muscat Duty Free shop floor.

    The winner Mr. Zayid Al Batashi was very excited when he received a call from Mr. O'Connor who informed him that he had won. Mr. Al Batashi could not believe he was the winner and thought one of his friends had played a practical joke on him. It was only when Mr. O'Connor confirmed that 0767 was the winning ticket that he knew it was not a joke.

    The winning ticket was one of 1,250 tickets that were purchased over the last nine months in Muscat Duty Free. The winner was picked from our giant draw drum by a random customer who had just purchased some gifts for her trip home in the departures shop.

    Mr. Al Batashi purchased the ticket along with his uncle who turned out to be very lucky! His former boss Mr. Jeff Pigg wife's Mrs.Lois Pigg was the winner of the Muscat Duty Free Dream Car Raffle last November and this motivated him to buy a ticket. The day after his lucky win, Mr. Al Batashi was flying from Muscat and purchased a ticket for Muscat Duty Free's current Dream Car raffle so you never know his name could be picked again.

    The cost of a ticket for the Grand Cash Raffle Draw ticket is RO 30. Muscat Duty Free currently offers a Dream Car Raffle draw at a price of RO 35 and Biker's Delight Raffle ticket at RO 11. These tickets are sold at the Muscat Duty Free shops in departures and arrivals.

    Mr.Tom Byrne and Mr.Shantha Madurapperuma are proud to have theseregular annual promotions in Muscat Duty Free. Mr. Byrne said "It's great when a local person wins, Mr. Al Batashi has become a very popular winner!!!

    Muscat Duty Free are also proud to have been awarded the ISO 9001: 2008 certificate by Bureau Veritas. The certification relates to the management and operation of Duty Free Shop and related activities in Airports, Seaports and In-flight Duty Free Operations. This certification is yet another positive milestone in Muscat Duty Free's journey to become one of the best Duty Free Operations not only in the region but also in the world.

     

  • Lucky passenger flies away on a Harley-Davidson at Muscat Duty Free

    Wed, 12 December 2012

    One lucky passenger flew in by plane to Oman, but flew away as the lucky winner of a red Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide at the Biker's Delight Raffle Draw held on 12th December, 2012. Mr. Omar Al Shamyleh from Jordan picked up his winning ticket while on a short business trip.

    Although he lives and works in Oman, he never owned a bike in the country. "It was a fantastic dream come true,"Omar confessed in great excitement. "The Omani roads offer some of the very best scenic sights in the Gulf and I can't wait to cruise up into the mountains on my Dyna Super Glide."

    Winning ticket, number 0369, was just one of a thousand tickets sold at the Muscat Duty Free Biker's Delight Raffle Draw Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide. Mr. Tom Byrne, General Manager of Muscat Duty Free, operated by Oman Sales & Services, explained that the ticket was picked out at random by another passenger who happened to be just passing through the duty free store. "The 2011 model Harley is a fantastic bike and we were all very excited – and a wee bit sad – to see it go," he confessed, somewhat wryly it seemed.

    Mr. Byrne, together with Pat O' Connor (Operations Manager for Muscat Duty Free), and Mr. Saeed Sulaiyem Saeed Al Kindi (Supervisor from the Department of Commercial Affairs),were all present for the raffle draw."Most importantly," Mr. Byrne continued happily, "It just goes to show that shopping at duty free is always a different and memorable experience, especially when you actually fly away from our store not by airplane…but by motorbike!."

    The next raffle draw Muscat Duty Free Biker's Delight Raffle for Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 CA 2013 will further surprise and delight airport passengers at Muscat Duty Free. Who knows how people will leave the airport that time!

     

  • Muscat Duty Free Turns Memories of Oman into Fast Lane Fantasy

    Mon, 12 November 2012

    What better way to remember the wonders of Oman than from behind the wheel of a fabulous luxury car! For one lucky lady this dream has just became reality thanks to the Muscat Duty Free Dream Car Draw.

    The big draw took place on November 6th in the retail space of Muscat Duty Free, attended by senior management from Oman Sales Company, and Mr. Saeed Sulaiyem Saeed Al Kindi, of the Department of Commercial Affairs. Mr. Tom Byrne, GM of Muscat Duty Free, requested a passenger, who just happened to shopping in duty free, to pick the winning slip from a carousel of twelve hundred tickets. Winning number 0375 belonged to an American lady called Mrs. Lois Pigg who had recently visited Oman.

    Now, Lois certainly has a lot more to take back with her from Oman than simply great memories. For starters she will soon take delivery of an international specification Mercedes Benz C250 Coupe AMG in Obsidian Black with Sahara beige leather interior. The car will be freighted to Abu Dhabi for her collection. Her husband, Jeffrey, said on the telephone: "she had been planning on buying a new car upon returning to the States. But not in her wildest dreams had she bargained for a luxury Mercedes sports car." He laughed incredulously: "and certainly not from Oman!"

    Lois had been celebrating the 2012 New Year at Intercontinental Hotel with her family. She had filled out her lottery ticket at the last minute whilst shopping in Muscat Duty Free before the final call for her outbound flight. And just in case you are wondering, dear reader, at the incredible 'rotten' good luck of a tourist wining the car and not a resident of Oman, Jeffrey took pains to point out that his wife had lived in Oman for five years previously, knew the country well, and considered it to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

    Tom Byrne neatly summed up Lois' good fortune: "The truth is, Lois may never get to meet the passenger who picked her lucky number. But I am sure that, whenever she gets behind the wheel of her Mercedes C250 AMG, she will always think of beautiful Oman first, and all her friends who live here." We all look forward to Lois visiting Oman again soon, but here's hoping she will let someone living a bit closer to home win at the next Muscat Duty Free Dream Car Draw!

     

  • Biodegradable bags at Muscat Duty Free

    Tue, 22 November 2011, Oman Daily Observer

    MUSCAT — The Wave, Muscat together with Muscat Duty Free introduced new polyethylene biodegradable shopping bags to be utilised by world travellers at the 1,200 sqm shopping area at Muscat International Airport. The Wave, Muscat's endorsement of this eco-friendly initiative reiterates its promise to preserving the natural habitat and to the Sultanate's stringent environmental protection regulations.

    On the occasion, Abdulla bin Khamis al Shidi, Deputy CEO of The Wave, Muscat said, "Home to hundreds of families being green has always been part of our long-term strategy and continues to rank high on our agenda. From the onset, we have adopted measures that will minimise the negative impact on our ecosystem. The natural reserve in the northern boundary of The Wave, Muscat to conserve the flora and fauna and migrating birds stands as a testimony to our contribution to actively integrate social and environmental factors into our business decisions.?He added, "We have great confidence in the services provided by Muscat Duty Free as it sets the standard for other companies in the market to follow. Joining hands with an organisation such Muscat Duty Free allows us to reach out to an even larger audience and raise awareness on how small actions can make a large impact."

    Tom Byrne, General Manager, Muscat Duty Free added, "Muscat Duty Free is very proud of this association with The Wave, Muscat, a truly dynamic organisation that holds many admirable values similar to our own. Our partnership in this project shows both companies commitment to the environment and making Oman an even greener place, a shining example in the Gulf and beyond."

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