Qatar Duty Free has recently welcomed a new Harrods retail outlet, The Harrods Tea Room at Hamad International Airport (HIA). HIA is the first airport in the world to house a Harrods Tea Room, which complements two Harrods signature stores at the Doha gateway.
To announce the much-anticipated arrival of the Harrods Tea Room, London Fanfare Trumpets (a UK trumpeters team) sounded a welcome as Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. A giant digital screen announces the Harrods Tea Room opening, next to Swiss artist Urs Fischer’s magnificent bronze Lamp Bear sculpture
Guests were then invited to explore the elegantly-designed tea room and taste an 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.
H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “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 institution 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 Toom further complements the two Harrods signature stores already in operation in the airport.”
Harrods announced earlier this month it is stepping up international expansion with the first full-scale department store, first of its kind outside the U.K., to open in Shanghai in 2020. Despite various media reports, plans to open the first ever Harrods Hotel in Kuala Lumpur have been, at least for now, shelved.
Harrods is fully owned by Qatar Investment Authority. Qatar’s Mayhoola owns Valentino, Balmain, Pal Zileri and Beymen. All luxury retail and fashion entities are said to be under the direct control of the very discreet HRH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, former First Lady and wife of Father Emir.
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