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 recently.
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 cafés 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, Hermès, 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.
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.