Posted on December 16, 2018

Proudly arrayed in hues of maroon and white, Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and Hamad International Airport (HIA) treated all passengers who arrived and transited through the airport on Saturday to a taste of true Qatari hospitality. Qatari art, entertainment, cuisine and local products were showcased and sampled through captivating ‘Ardha’ sword dancing performances, two traditional souqs and a variety of Qatari dishes. 

To celebrate Qatar National Day, travellers will also enjoy 20 per cent discounts on shopping and dining, from 15 - 20 December throughout the airport.

The celebration also featured the official opening of two pop-up souqs operated by QDF. Inspired by the traditional architecture and beauty of Qatar, the souqs feature products made by Qatari entrepreneurs and business owners in celebration Qatar National Day. Visitors will be able to experience the magic of the souqs until the end of December as a part of this national celebration. A reveal of bespoke artwork pieces created by contemporary Qatari artist Ahmed bin Majed Al Maadheed, known for his iconic Tamim Al Majd portrait, also took place on Saturday behind the signature Lamp Bear art installation. The occasion was marked by the attendance of Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer, Engr. Badr Al Meer, and Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh.  

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Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to be a part of today’s special celebration at our home and hub, Hamad International Airport. As the National Carrier of the State of Qatar, we are proud to bring visitors from around the world to Doha, to experience Qatar’s remarkable culture and hospitality. We look forward to welcoming all visitors transiting through HIA this month to experience the beauty of these unique offerings, which showcase our pride in our Qatari heritage.”

Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, said: “As a gateway to world cultures, we are constantly seeking creativity and inspiration when curating experiences for our travellers. Qatar National Day is a celebration of our culture, heritage and identity as a nation, and we look forward every year to engaging our travellers in the celebration of Qatari culture. “As one of the busiest months of the year, we are thrilled that so many of our travellers will have the opportunity to admire the many facets of Qatar’s unique national identity. This national day, our travellers will leave HIA with a truly memorable experience demonstrating what Qatari hospitality is really about.”

Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: “This celebration hosted at our home, Hamad International Airport, is an important event and we are proud to be able to highlight Qatar’s resilience, showcase Qatari culture and values and invite travellers from around the world to experience the Qatari hospitality through our pop up traditional souqs and selected dishes and menus created exclusively to mark this significant occasion. This is yet another example of the successful collaboration between Qatar Duty Free and Hamad International Airport.”

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Next year, Qatar Duty Free, along with Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport, will host the world's most influential airport commercial revenues conference, The Trinity Forum. The conference, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific, will take place in Doha from 30-31 October 2019. Qatar Duty Free was awarded 'Airport Retailer of the Year' at the 2018 DFNI Global Awards. In April, the leading airport retailer was recognised at the PAX International Readership Award, when Qatar Airways won ‘Best In-Flight Duty Free Program’ for the Middle East and Africa, and was acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding in-flight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free.

HIA, the home of QDF, has met a number of significant milestones in 2018, including being ranked fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’, fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. 

HIA is the only airport in the Middle East to be ranked in the world’s top 10 airports of 2018. At the annual awards ceremony, HIA also took home the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row, and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third consecutive year.  Welcoming 9.68 million passengers in the third quarter of 2018, the bustling airport demonstrates its commitment to redefining the passenger experience and engaging its travellers throughout the year. HIA is also currently a candidate for the “Best Airport in the World” 2019 award by Skytrax.