New Qatar Museums Shop Opens at HIA to Offer Insights of Qatari Culture
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.