DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Duty Free has opened its latest store and café, In-Q by Qatar Museums (QM), giving passengers in Hamad International Airport a travel retail experience that is exclusive to the Middle East and offers an insight into the diverse arts and culture of Qatar.
By visiting the In-Q Gift Shop in Qatar Duty Free, customers who have enjoyed a visit to Qatar’s world-class museums whilst in Doha, can now choose from a wide selection of souvenirs, replicas, books, jewellery and apparel to take home as gifts and mementos, while those passengers transiting through Hamad International Airport will have the opportunity to learn about Qatar, its culture and museums.
Passengers looking to sample Qatari hospitality can experience a range of bold culinary delights at the In-Q Café, including breakfast options, light meals and snacks, all inspired by international and regional cuisine. Popular menu items include the mouth-watering salmon bagel, shanklish, or healthy salad or begin their journey with delicious baked goods, including a pineapple saffron roll, together with a special iced tea or soda and fresh coffee.
Keith Hunter, Senior Vice President, Qatar Duty Free, said: “The opening of the In-Q Gift Shop has been eagerly anticipated by Qatar Duty Free as an additional opportunity to share Qatari culture and heritage with our customers through a range of creative and inspiring products. Qatar Museums’ presence within Qatar Duty Free also enables passengers in Hamad International Airport to experience Qatar’s cultural landscape. The In-Q Café provides further variety to our extensive food and beverage offering, presenting the opportunity for customers to relax in intimate and inspired surroundings after perusing the QM collection.”
Phil Lawrie, Chief Commercial Officer at Qatar Museums, said: “Qatar Museums is delighted to extend the In-Q brand, which debuted in Harrods in London, to the world-class and prestigious environs of Hamad International Airport. The In-Q Café will provide travellers with a high-class café offering from a menu that draws from international and Arabic favourites, enjoyed in a contemporary, stylish setting inspired by Qatari design and heritage patterns. The In-Q Gift Shop meanwhile allows the traveller to discover a wide range of quality gifts and souvenirs inspired by Qatar Museums’ extensive, world-class collections, exhibitions, public art and heritage sites."
The combined 444 square metre store and café, designed by Patricia Urquiola, is situated in the main atrium of the airport’s departures concourse. The unified areas are characterised by hexagonal texture flooring, a three dimensional ceiling and mix of copper varnished metal, old grey oak, back-painted glass and Rosa Portogallo marble. Geometric furniture completes the modern vibe set by precious coffee-tables produced in corian material, paired with comfortable enveloping armchairs, padded benches and chairs leading towards the airport’s public areas, which aim to provide passengers with a fresh, abstract space in the heart of Hamad International Airport.
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Notes to Editors:
About Qatar Duty Free:
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) operates out of 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. In April 2015, QDF won the Global Travel Retailer of the Year category at the DFNI Global Awards, for the third year in a row.
At Hamad International Airport, Qatar Duty Free offers 40,000 m2 of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the retailer as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, Qatar Duty Free at Hamad International Airport caters to all passengers’ tastes. In addition, more than 30 cafes and restaurants offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.
For more information and full terms and conditions, please visit www.qatardutyfree.com.qa
About Qatar Museums:
Qatar Museums connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar and creates the conditions for them to thrive and flourish. It centralises resources and provides a comprehensive organisation for the development of museums and cultural projects, with a long-term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM is consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education, in the Middle East and beyond.
Since its foundation in 2005, QM has overseen the development of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. The QM also manages the QM Gallery at Katara Cultural Village, the ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space and the Fire Station: Artists in Residence. Future projects include the launch of the highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
QM is committed to instigating Qatar’s future generation of arts, heritage and museum professionals. At its core is a commitment to nurturing artistic talent, creating opportunities and developing the skills to service Qatar’s emerging art economy. By means of a multi-faceted program and public art initiatives, QM seeks to push the boundaries of the traditional museum model, and create cultural experiences that spill out onto the streets and seek to involve a wide audience. Through a strong emphasis on originating art and culture from within and fostering a spirit of national participation, QM is helping Qatar find its own distinctive voice in today’s global cultural debates.