Qatar Duty Free and HIA collaborated to design and decorate the airport with Qatari flags and manifestations of Qatar National Day


Hamad International Airport (HIA) celebrated Qatar National Day 2019 by marking a wide range of remarkable festivities across the terminal for passengers and employees. The airport collaborated with Qatar Duty Free (QDF) to design and decorate the airport with Qatari flags and manifestations of Qatar National Day. HIA and QDF also introduced authentic traditional cuisines across various food and beverage outlets in the airport for passengers to get a taste of Qatari cuisine. This includes a special menu of Qatari inspired dishes at the recently opened Harrods Tea Room in celebration of the much-anticipated Qatar National Day across the month of December.

HIA has partnered with Al-Reyada Girls Center, to provide travellers a feel of the country and its geography by installing an interactive model showcasing the iconic sites around Qatar. Al-Reyada Girls Center is an entity under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, which aims to empower girls and enhance their skills in sports, culture and social fields. Through this partnership, HIA has provided Al-Reyada Girls Center an opportunity to showcase their work to millions of passengers passing through Qatar’s terminal. Travellers have been given the opportunity to engage with the model present at the activity node in concourse C throughout the month of December, which sheds light on the beauty of Qatar, its heritage and hospitable people.

HIA also partnered with Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) to bring the third edition of ‘Qatar’s Flag Relay’ to the airport on 13 December 2019. The 5,000 participant event witnessed participation from HIA subsidiaries and partners. The flag relay which took place around prominent locations in Qatar culminated at the airport, where the flag was finally handed to a Qatar Airways pilot who flew it to Japan where the Qatari team will be represented for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Bolstering employee engagement and culture, HIA has also partnered with Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) to organize a Qatar National Day 2019 staff engagement event on 17 December 2019. HIA and QAS management and staff engaged in live traditional Qatari performances and activities, while enjoying traditional and local cuisine stations and food trucks.

The airport also featured a series of celebrations reflecting Qatari culture and tradition to share Qatari pride and joy to nationals, residents, and all passengers. The five-star airport provided traditional activities and entertainment across the terminal including calligraphy writing, henna tattoos and a photo corner where travellers captured their memorable experiences before boarding their flights.

Commenting on the festive spirits, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA stated, “This is a significant day for the people of Qatar, and we are proud to celebrate it with our passengers. As the gateway to the State of Qatar, its art and culture, it is our responsibility to share our deeply rooted traditions with those travelling through HIA to get a taste of what Qatar has to offer. We are happy to share the joyous celebrations and wish our residents and global passengers wonderful celebrations.”

HIA is a candidate for the “Best Airport in the World 2020” award by Skytrax, making it one among only five other airports in the world and the only one in the Middle East to achieve this prestigious status. Currently holding the “Fourth-Best Airport in the World” and the “Best Airport in the Middle East” titles, Qatar’s airport continuously works to enhance all aspects of the passenger experience. The results of the Skytrax World Airport Awards will be announced in March 2020. Passengers can vote for HIA by visiting the Official Skytrax World Airport Survey website at:



Thursday, December 19, 2019 HIA News