14 Apr 2018 – 12:06
London: Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has been awarded “Airport Retailer of the Year” at the DFNI Global Awards 2018 ceremony in London.
The DFNI Global Awards are selected by a judging panel of industry leaders and experts, who recognize and accolade international retailers for being best-in-class.
QDF is one of the largest duty free retailers in the world, with more than 90 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 (HIA).
Commenting on the award, Head of Qatar Duty Free Thabet Musleh said: “We are honored and delighted to be awarded ‘Airport Retailer of the Year’ at the DFNI Global Awards 2018. This tremendous accomplishment reflects the five-star shopping experience we offer to all our passengers at QDF, and makes our duty free offering an experience worth travelling for. We will continue to push boundaries to ensure that our passengers experience is exceptional each time they pass through our home and hub, HIA”.
QDF is committed to providing passengers with a memorable five-star experience at HIA. The innovative duty free operator is now the second-largest duty free operator in the Middle East.
HIA is one of the worlds most technologically advanced airports with expansive retail options, a wide range of dining facilities, exclusive lounges, and a hotel and wellness center including a gym, squash court, swimming pool and spa. Accommodating more than 30 million passengers each year, HIA redefines passengers expectations by offering a world-class experience.
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 worlds 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.