Qatar Duty Free marks Ramadan with retail specials and festivities at HIA

By Luke Barras-hill |

Millions of travellers can experience a series of Ramadan festivities and experiences courtesy of Hamad International Airport and Qatar Duty Free.

Passengers travelling through Hamad International Airport (HIA) can discover a selection of retail novelties and local delicacies courtesy of Qatar Duty Free (QDF) during the holy month of Ramadan (22 March – 21 April).

Oud fragrances from world-leading beauty brands and premium Arabic sweets, chocolates and dates are available, alongside a variety of dine-in and grab-and-go F&B options.

The Harrods Tea Room is also offering a special Ramadan menu with bespoke flavours.

In observance of Ramadan, a time of spiritual renewal and generosity for Muslims worldwide, HIA and QDF are hosting tents near the Fendi and Ralph’s cafes at The Orchard commercial precinct.

Arabic coffee and dates can be sampled during Iftar at booths positioned throughout the airport.

Meanwhile, The Orchard features decorative Ramadan lanterns, a 360 photo booth and Arabic seating areas for passengers to experience an authentic atmosphere.

The ninth month in the Islamic calendar holds particular significance for Qatar and its population, with Muslims fasting from dawn until dusk, praying, reflecting and spending time with family and friends.

Arabic coffee and dates are being served to passengers during Iftar at booths located throughout the terminal.

As a special occasion in the Gulf Region, the Garangao falls on the 14th day of Ramadan and is celebrated by children dressing in traditional clothing, singing the Garangao song and receiving sweets and nuts.

Passengers travelling from the airport can experience the festivity near the Lamp Bear with a traditional children’s performance and giveaways distributed to young ones.

Commenting on the occasion, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said: “Hamad International Airport strives to showcase the rich culture and traditions of the State of Qatar and the Middle East.

“Our commitment to creating memorable experiences for our passengers is reflected in bringing the spirit and essence of Ramadan to passengers. As the gateway to Qatar and the region, Hamad International Airport remains dedicated to creating unique and innovative experiences for all visitors.”

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