Hamad International Airport, Home of Qatar Duty Free, was Ranked the Fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ in the World at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018

DOHA, Qatar, Hamad International Airport (HIA), the home of Qatar Duty Free (QDF), was ranked the fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and the fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ in the world at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018 that took place in Stockholm on 21 March. The Skytrax World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry, voted by customers in the largest annual global airport customer satisfaction survey.

HIA moved up one place in the ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ category from last year, and maintained its position as fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ for the second consecutive year.

Head of Qatar Duty Free, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: With a diverse range of retail and food and beverage outlets, we constantly strive to improve the shopping and dining experience for all our customers. As such, we are particularly excited for Hamad International Airport, the home of Qatar Duty Free, to receive these awards. We greatly value the opinion of all of our passengers, and we will continue to push the boundaries and to set new standards for the industry to continue to ensure that Qatar Duty Free is an experience worth travelling for.

One of the largest duty free retailers in the world, Qatar Duty Free boasts more than 90 elegant boutiques and luxury, high-end stores, as well as more than 30 restaurants and cafes covering an area of 40,000 square meters at Hamad International Airport, providing travellers with a world-class shopping experience under one roof. Luxury brands available at the five-star airport include Gucci, Bulgari, HermAs, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Moncler, Rolex and Harrods.

Passengers travelling through the airport can also enjoy an extensive selection of cuisine from all corners of the globe, from gourmet restaurants including Soprafino and Le Grand Comptoir Brasserie to cafes and fast food outlets strategically placed across the South and North Duty Free Plazas, as well as along Concourses A, B, C, D and E.

QDF is committed to providing passengers with a memorable five-star experience at HIA. The innovative, award-winning duty free operator has enjoyed consistent double-digit growth year-on-year and is now the second-largest duty free operator in the Middle East.

HIA has already met a number of significant milestones in 2018, including being ranked fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. The award-winning airport moved up one place from last year, having received the title of sixth ‘Best Airport in the World’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2017. HIA is the only airport in the Middle East 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 year in a row.

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About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Thessaloniki, Greece; Cardiff, UK and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘Airline of the Year’ by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 13 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747-8 freighters.

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