Posted on December 31, 2018

ExxonMobil Qatar and the Qatar Tennis Federation hosted a gala dinner earlier this week to celebrate the launch of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2019 taking place between December 31, 2018 and January 5, 2019. The event was attended by Qatari officials, key business and community leaders, and several tennis stars competing in this year’s tournament, including: Novak Djokovic; Dominic Thiem; Stan Wawrinka; and David Goffin.

Each year, the gala features a variety of unique activities and performances by world-renowned entertainers. This year’s program included a thrilling dance performance by the Gauchos, a funny act by Marc Métral and his talking dog Wendy, and a spectacular magic show by Imad the Magician. His Excellency Nasser Al-Khelaifi, President of the Qatar Tennis Federation, and Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, welcomed the evening’s guests.

“It is an honor to welcome guests to the tournament’s gala dinner that celebrates the launch of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2019,” said Routledge. “This event marks the start of another exciting tournament and one more great year of partnership with the Qatar Tennis Federation. The success of our tournament is made possible through the hard work of our combined teams of diverse and driven individuals who are united by a common passion for sport, and an enthusiasm for Qatar and everything it stands for in terms of excellence, ambition and accomplishment.”

“It is always a pleasure to host guests from all over the world to experience Qatar’s hospitality and world-class venues and events – I hope everyone has a fantastic few days with us,” Routledge added. “It gives me great joy to welcome our tennis stars to Doha once again. I know that they are here for the business of tennis but at the same time, we believe that all work and no play, as they say, makes Jack a dull boy, hence the essence of an evening of relaxation, fun and enjoyment. I wish everyone a wonderful night as they enjoy the great hospitality of Qatar,” said Al-Khelaifi.

ExxonMobil Qatar is committed to supporting Qatar’s journey towards achieving sustainable development by helping fulfil the goals of the National Vision 2030. Through a variety of partnerships with local organizations, ExxonMobil Qatar invests in programs that focus on educational and professional development to build the capacity of Qatar’s future leaders and workforce.

The Qatar ExxonMobil Open will run from December 31, 2018 until January 5, 2019, bringing some of the world’s top players together to compete for the trophy and a share of the prize money. Tickets for the six-day event are available to the public online at, as well as at various locations across Doha.