Thabet Musleh rises to Senior Vice President at Qatar Duty Free

By Luke Barras-hill |

Thabet Musleh, Vice President, Qatar Duty Free.

Qatar Duty Free (QDF) Vice President Operations Thabet Musleh has been promoted to Senior Vice President, effective this month.

A LinkedIn announcement made through Musleh’s account and verified by TRBusiness has attracted [correct at the time of writing] more than 575 reactions and in excess of 190 comments from stakeholders in the DF&TR industry.

Musleh, instrumental in the meteoric rise of the QDF business in recent years, joined the Hamad International Airport (HIA) based travel retailer in 2015 as Retail Operations Manager – QDF, rising through the ranks to Vice President Operations.

Prior to his roles with QDF, he spent nearly a decade with World Duty Free Group.

The announcement follows an impressive set of commercial results for QDF, which has unveiled a string of first-to-market brands, exclusives and activations in recent years under Musleh’s stewardship.

Strong financials

Retail revenue grew by more than 59% in the financial year April 2022 – March 2023 year-on-year, and was up +45% versus the 2019-2020 period.

Sales per passenger enjoyed an uplift in excess of +49% year-on-year in a 2022 marked out by the successful terminal expansion at HIA including the unveiling of the ‘Orchard’ commercial precinct, which showcases a flurry of brands and a versatile mix within a 10,000sq m indoor tropical garden.

The flagship Louis Vuitton unit anchored around the 575sq m water feature in the Orchard, situated within the Central Concourse of the North Plaza in the newly expanded terminal.

QDF boasts more than 37,000sq m of duty free and concession space with more than 180 luxury and affordable retail and F&B outlets.

Click here to watch an exclusive video interview with Thabet Musleh following the opening of last year’s terminal expansion.

For more background on the newly expanded terminal, click the respective links below:

Qatar Duty Free talks up retail & F&B at terminal expansion as passengers react

Hamad International Airport expansion reveals ahead of FIFA World Cup

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