Posted on December 19, 2018

Hamad International Airport, in partnership with Qatar Duty Free (QDF), the airport’s award winning shopping emporium, transformed the airport terminal for one of the most celebrated days of the year—Qatar National Day. Taking place during the busy holiday season, thousands of international passengers arriving, departing and transferring through the nation’s award-winning hub found themselves in the midst of vibrant Qatari national culture and all it has to offer, in the spirit of Qatar National Day that took place on December 18th.

The 5-star airport’s celebration kicked off on December 15th and continued until December 20th, with HIA’s expansive terminal transformed with Qatar National Day festivities ranging from dazzling decorations, festive popups, eye-catching artwork, to delicious dates and coffees loved by the local Qatari culture. A true testament to HIA as a gateway to culture, the airport curated an unforgettable experience for travelers, who admired the terminal adorned with national flags, watched a live traditional Ardha dance and music performance and enjoyed shopping at a pop-up airside souq hosted by local businesses offering authentic Qatari products, which will be live until the end of the month...

Qatar Duty Free and HIA treated every traveler this year with a Qatar National Day gift, and offered 20% discount vouchers to all passengers between December 16th and 19th, redeemable at many of the food, beverage and retail outlets. Already noted for its expansive art portfolio spread throughout the terminal by local, regional and international artists, the airport also teamed up with Ahmed Al Maadheed, the celebrated artist behind the iconic Tamim Al Majd portrait, who created artwork exclusively for the airport on this occasion.

The activation took place during one of the busiest months of the year at the airport, giving travelers the opportunity to admire the many facets of Qatar’s national identity. From taking a minute to enjoy hot Arabic coffee, or admiring live performances of national dance, travelers left HIA with a memorable experience demonstrating what Qatari hospitality is really about. As a gateway to culture, HIA has been curating creative and inspiring experiences for its passengers. As Qatar National Day is a celebration of the country’s culture, heritage and identity as a nation, the airport engages with its travellers every year to commemorate Qatari culture.

Welcoming 9.68 million passengers in the third quarter of 2018, the bustling airport continues to demonstrate its commitment to redefining the passenger experience and engaging its travellers throughout the year. The airport was recognized at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards last month, winning the award for ‘Best Customer Experience Initiative’ as well as by Global Traveler Reader Survey Awards as the “Best Airport in the Middle East”. HIA is also currently a candidate for the “Best Airport in the World” 2019 award by Skytrax.