Mall of Qatar partners with International New York Times at the Luxury Conference in France

Doha, Qatar, April 2016: As a partner of the International New York Times’ Luxury Conference 2016, Mall of Qatar established itself as a luxury and leisure destination that bridges the gap between East and West.

Held on April 5th & 6th at Waldorf Astoria-owned Hotel Trianon Palace in Versailles, France, the international conference “Luxury Beyond Product” brought together global luxury industry leaders that include Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci, Maureen Chiquet, former global CEO of Chanel, Richard Mille founder of the luxury watchmaker brand Richard Mille, John Demsey, Executive Group President, The Estee Lauder Companies and Michael Kowalski, Chairman of the board, Tiffany & Co to name a few.

Rony Mourani, General Manager of Mall of Qatar, reported that today luxury experiences are as important as luxury products: “It is essential to share new ideas and fresh perspectives on emerging trends impacting the luxury industry, by partnering with luxury industry leaders Mall of Qatar validates the luxury and leisure experiences in the region.”

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Further adding, “Mall of Qatar by design is luxurious and this filters through to each and every detail within the mall. After analysing that luxury shoppers maintained a strong association between shopping and leisure in a retail environment, our vision was to offer a luxurious entertainment destination that will host the world’s first live entertainment resident troupe in a mall that will positively transform luxury and leisure experiences on offer in Qatar.”

With extensive natural sky lighting across the vast space, Mall of Qatar will offer visitors a wide selection of major international brands, over 100 food and beverage outlets and fine dining options, a 5-star luxury hotel – part of the Curio Collection by Hilton – and an impressive array of unique entertainment experiences.

Now in its 15th year, this year’s conference was hosted and moderated by New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman. Attendees of the luxury conference were also delighted to visit the Chateau de Versailles, where a prestigious gala dinner was held at La Gallerie des Batailles hosted by the jeweller and watchmaker Chopard.