Hamad International Airport (HIA) has rolled out the ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme, offering an array of summer activities and experiences across the terminal.
The travel hub partnered with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free to bring passengers transferring, arriving or departing HIA the opportunity to experience Qatar’s rich hospitality and culture throughout the summer season.
A range of exciting activities and entertainment for passengers travelling through the airport will take place promoting ‘Summer in Qatar’, which include cultural excursions to world-class entertainment, positioning Qatar as a year-round global tourist destination.
More than seven million passengers are expected to travel through Qatar’s hub during the summer peak period (July and August 2019). The second quarter of 2019 has been the busiest Q2 period for the airport yet, which is a testament to its growth.
Chief operating officer, HIA, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer stated: “We are pleased to collaborate with QNTC, Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free to offer our passengers a diverse selection of summer activities across the airport. HIA is the gateway to the State of Qatar and it is important that we give passengers a chance to experience Qatar’s expanding entertainment and culture.”
Al Meer further added: “The plethora of ‘Summer in Qatar’ activities at HIA are strategically located across the terminal to ensure all travellers get to enjoy and participate in the activities offered at the airport. Passengers transferring for more than five hours have the opportunity to visit Qatar and experience more of its ‘Summer in Qatar’ festivities through our stop over programme. Most importantly, we hope it gives everyone transferring through HIA a taste of Qatar’s unparalleled hospitality and authentic experiences.”
The Heritage Zone in Concourse B features a traditional tent setting, with activities including calligraphy writing and henna tattoos. Passengers will also have the chance to see cultural handicraftsmen at work, such as prayer bead producers, basket weavers and pearl jewellery makers. To add to the cultural experience, magnificent live performances will also take place such as the Horse Dances, a traditional dance performed in a horse-shaped box decorated with coloured cloth, beads and gold jewellery, as well as Funoon Bahria, Jalsat Tarab and Oud playing.
The ‘Summer in Qatar’ activities located in Concourse C will include a dedicated ‘Kids Zone’ to cater to families and provide them with entertainment whilst travelling through the airport. A variety of activities will be offered for children of all ages such as kids’ yoga, kite and paper plane making, as well as a giant painting wall for kids to showcase their creativity.
Travellers will also be able to enjoy up to 60 per cent off their purchases when shopping from an extensive range of favourite brands and products available at Qatar Duty Free, the exclusive retailer at the state-of-the-art HIA.