Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and Harrods celebrated the official opening of the Harrods Tea Room at Hamad International Airport (HIA) on 12 December 2019. HIA is the first airport in the world to house a Harrods Tea Room, adding to the existing portfolio of two Harrods signature stores at the state-of-the-art, award winning airport.
Announcing the much-anticipated arrival of the Harrods Tea Room, London Fanfare Trumpets were sounded as HE Akbar Al Baker proceeded to cut the ribbon, officially announcing the opening of the Harrods Tea Room at HIA. Guests were then invited to explore the elegantly-designed tea room and taste a delicious array of Harrods dishes including British favourites such as fish and chips and a signature Harrods Tea Menu against the backdrop of a live classical jazz performance.
Taking center stage at the heart of HIA, the Harrods Tea Room brings passengers a wide range of Harrods specialties including an impressive selection of teas from the Harrods Food Halls, along with a menu of mouth-watering pastries. The tea room also features an ice-cream parlour with flavours and quality unrivalled in the region.
Inspired by its counterpart in Knightsbridge, the Harrods Tea Room is impeccably designed to boast classic style furniture with elegant curved backs and stitching details, brass finishing on tables, and lighting. The tea room also features Herringbone timber flooring and classic traditional tiling with elements of abstract peacock theme to tie in with the London Food Hall.
I am incredibly proud to be here today as Qatar Duty Free officially opens the Harrods Tea Room at HIA – a world first for an airport. Harrods is an iconic British brand that is all about the customer experience from start to finish and in this regard, it is the perfect partner for Qatar Duty Free and the wider Qatar Airways group.’
With 10.7 million passengers travelling through HIA in the last quarter of 2019, the Harrods brand is already reaching an audience of substantial proportions. The new Harrods Tea Room further compliments the two Harrods signature stores already in operation in the airport.’
Hamad International Airport, Chief Operating Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, said:
We look forward to welcoming more brands, both local and international, into our award-winning terminal, giving them the opportunity to be showcased to a global audience of more than 35 million passengers every year.’
Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Thabet Musleh, said:
It is very fitting that this partnership with Harrods, a Qatari owned brand, marks the first in a series of events at HIA to celebrate Qatar National Day on 18 December. Across the month of December, our customers will be able to discover a special menu of Qatari inspired dishes at the Harrods Tea Room in celebration of Qatar National Day. Travellers will also be able to enjoy various performances, activities, shopping and dining offers throughout the airport.’
The inauguration of the Harrods Tea Room was attended by HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and officiated by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, HIA Chief Operating Officer Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer; Harrods Director, Raj Assanand and Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Thabet Musleh. HE Ajay Sharma, British Ambassador to Qatar was also in attendance alongside VIP guests and officials, including dignitaries and senior representatives from Qatar Investment Authority.