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17 January 2018 08:04 am

First Del Monte F&B store in Qatar launched at HIA

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Hamad International Airport (HIA) is proud to announce the opening of the first Del Monte® F&B store in Qatar at the airport. Located in Concourse A, near Gate A3, Del Monte® F&B store is the newest addition to more than 30 cafes and restaurants currently at the airport. The menu is designed to suit all tastes, in line with the diversity of passengers transiting through HIA; it is a combination of ultra-fresh juices, smoothies and freshly made salads, sandwiches, wraps and muffins.  

“The growing trend for healthier snacks and on-the-go food has opened up a new market catering for the health-conscious”, opined Wissam Baghdadi, Del Monte® Operations Manager MENA. “We want to encourage everyone to make healthy choices, whether that means a high-protein wrap, an ultra-fresh juice or a protein-rich salad. Qatar is no exception to the rising demand of healthy food and is a priority market for Del Monte®. We are looking forward to catering to HIA 30 million passengers and are proud to team up with a world class airport.”  

HIA offers 40,000 square meters of combined retail, food and beverage facilities and is partnering with a wide diversity of brands in order to meet the airport customers’ taste and preferences. Mr. Abdulaziz Al Mass, VP Commercial and Marketing at HIA, stated: “The passenger is at the heart of HIA’s growth strategy. HIA is continuously investing a lot of efforts to improve its hospitality offer to passengers transiting through the airport from all corners of the globe. Diversity of food and beverage is part of the dining experience offered by HIA. We are conscious that healthy food is extremely important for travellers on-the-go and are glad to welcome the first Del Monte® F&B store in Qatar at the airport.”  

In line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, HIA supports the exponential increase in Qatar’s capacity to handle international movements of people, goods, capital, knowledge and technology. It is a vital element of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which sets out the roadmap for a unique national transition from reliance on hydrocarbons revenues to a diverse, knowledge-based economy. To that end, HIA joins hands with a wide range of local entrepreneurs to help bring renowned international brands to Qatar, like Del Monte®. As Qatari entrepreneurs are actively looking to attract international businesses in the country, HIA is fully supporting this initiative. 

With its target of serving more than 50 million passengers, HIA is currently a candidate for the “Best Airport in the World” award by Skytrax which also classified it as a five-star airport in 2017, making it one among only five other airports in the world to achieve this prestigious status. Earlier this year, it was ranked Sixth Best Airport in the World by the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards, moving up four places from 2016.

Title image courtesy by HIA