A closer look at Doha's new luxury airport hub

A closer look at Doha's new luxury airport hub

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Opened in April 2014, Hamad International Airport cost $16 billion and took 10 years to build – offering a variety of options to travellers, from shopping at 70 retail outlets to eating at 30 cafes and restaurants…

A showcase of class and quality the Hamad International Airport might not be as big as the nearby Dubai International Airport, but it's clear that size doesn't matter when it comes to the airport's luxury offerings.

Apart from large duty-free shops, Godiva chocolate stores and Ferrari racing cars dotted around the terminals, the Hamad Airport has been opening a variety of designer boutique in the past year. Putting a large emphasis on major fashion houses, the Qatar airport already include spaces for Bally, Michael Kors, Bulgari, Hermès, Chanel, Hugo Boss and Burberry.

Before 2015, almost every retail space at the airport will be taken by top brands. While smaller brands such as MCM, Escada, Furla, Etienne Aigner and DKNY, are located together in central shopping areas.

"First- and business-class lounges have already opened their doors," said a spokeswoman for the first-class service booth. "Now comes the turn for luxury boutiques; they have to finish filling a few empty spaces. We expect this to be one of the major and luxury hubs in the region – most likely better than Dubai."

A closer look at Qatar's new luxury airport hub