Third gold shop brings another class of duty free to five-star Hamad International Airport
Passenger choice expands with even more gold and diamond jewellery on offer
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has today announced the opening of its third Gold store at the award-winning Hamad International Airport (HIA). The new Gold store is HIA’s most exciting and luxurious yet, showcasing more than 15,000 pieces of exquisite traditional and modern jewellery made from the finest gold and diamonds.
Passengers will be treated to a wide variety of gold and diamonds – with pieces ranging from 9ct to 24ct in yellow gold, white gold, diamond and precious stone-studded jewellery. In addition to ready-made jewellery pieces, the store also sells single gemstones and loose diamonds, offering a range of options for passengers to choose from.
The new branch, which has been designed in the shape of the figure “8” by a local architect, is the biggest of all three at HIA, covering a retail space of 119 square meters. It is located in the Grand Hall, behind the iconic Urs Fischer Lamp Bear, making it easily visible and accessible to all passengers travelling through the airport.
As part of QDF’s five-star customer service, expert bilingual staff will be on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the store, to offer bespoke services to passengers wishing to purchase a piece of this fine jewellery.
Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President, Mr Luis Gasset, said: “We are delighted with the opening of our third Gold store at Hamad International Airport, offering the finest jewellery to our passengers, with outstanding quality and value. The newly opened store, which is the biggest of all three, not only gives passengers more choice, but its increased presence in the airport makes it easier than ever to access one of our stores to buy something to remember.
“Whether passengers are looking for a special gift, or simply a timeless piece to add to their own jewellery collection, our staff will cater to their exact needs, and they will have a high-end experience from beginning to end.
“The opening is an example of QDF’s continuous efforts in enhancing our passengers’ overall experience and providing them with a memorable five-star experience at our award-winning airport.”
The Gold store is a welcome addition to Qatar Duty Free’s already 90 plus premium boutiques located throughout the terminal, providing travellers at HIA the very best in duty free shopping.
HIA, the home of QDF, has met a number of significant milestones in 2017, including being classified as a five-star airport by Skytrax, making it one of only five other airports in the world to achieve this status. Earlier this year, it was ranked ‘Sixth Best Airport in the World’ by the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards, moving up four places from 2016. HIA has also won the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ title for three years in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for two years in a row.
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About Qatar Duty Free
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) operates the retail experience at Hamad International Airport (HIA) in addition to an outlet at Doha Port. 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.
QDF scored a hat trick at the Duty Free News International Global Awards in 2015, receiving three prestigious awards: Global Travel Retailer of the Year (for the third consecutive year); Airport Travel Retailer of the Year; and Best New Shop Opening for its Marmalade Market concept. QDF also collected the Best New Store prize for its Samsung Experience space at HIA in the DFNI 2015 Product Awards. The travel retailer was also awarded Best New Fashion and Accessories Promotion for the live QDF Giorgio Armani autumn/winter 2015/2016 catwalk showcase.
QDF is the proud sponsor of Qatar ExxonMobil Men’s Open, Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Golf Championship, Qatar Total Open women’s tennis tournament and Doha Rugby 1st XV.
At Hamad International Airport, Qatar Duty Free offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the retailer as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 90 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, QDF at Hamad International Airport caters to all tastes and needs. In addition, more than 30 cafes and restaurants offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.
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