Qatar Duty Free Launches its First AIGNER Luxury Pop-up in Qatar

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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Duty Free (QDF) is delighted to announce the launch of its new AIGNER luxury pop-up boutique at Hamad International Airport (HIA). Passengers travelling through the airport can now discover the elite world of AIGNER and enjoy a wonderful shopping experience in Concourse C.


Promising visitors the complete AIGNER experience, this pop-up showcases an impressive display of all things AIGNER. Fashionable leather bags, stylish wallets, indigenous Swiss made timepieces, fine jewellery, chic accessories and limited edition exclusive pieces take centre stage at the iconic set-up, that has the AIGNER motif emblazoned in gold.


The pop-up opens its doors to the latest collection of AIGNER: AIGNER Wunderkammer. Inspired from curiosities, ancient relics, and mystical treasures, the collection highlights prints and embroideries from distant lands. The bold prints splayed across the bags and in adoring details on the timepieces and jewellery give an exotic touch to the collection.


Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: “We are excited to be launching the first luxury AIGNER pop-up concept in Qatar at HIA. Passengers travelling through Concourse C can now enjoy a taste of AIGNER’s craftsmanship and sophistication. We recognise the importance of pop-up stores and boutiques in bringing new and engaging shopping experiences to our customers, and we are pleased to have launched many concepts so far this year at our home, Hamad International Airport.”


Etienne Aigner AG Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Sibylle Schön, said: "AIGNER has been deeply rooted in Qatar for over 30 years. Hamad International Airport is an important central hub for visitors from all over the world. This is why we've decided to initiate one of the few luxurious pop-up concepts in Qatar Duty Free."


AIGNER, a renowned arbiter of fine taste, is debuting its first luxury pop-up concept in Qatar. The contemporary AIGNER pop-up at Qatar Duty Free is whimsical and practical in equal measure. The airy, well-lit space is a retail paradise for shoppers. The classic white décor with gold undertones provides the island display with light, personality and movement. The pop-up manages the feat of transporting the opulence and exclusivity of AIGNER boutiques to the display with deft structure, colour and design.


QDF boasts more than 90 elegant boutiques and luxury, high-end stores, as well as more than 30 restaurants and cafés covering an area of 40,000 square metres at HIA, providing travellers with a world-class shopping experience under one roof. Luxury brands also available at the five-star airport include Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Burberry, Moncler, Rolex and Harrods. In addition, the award-winning duty free retailer regularly showcases podiums and pop-up stores including the Maison Christian Dior boutique, a TUMI pop-up store, the L'Oréal Grand Hotel Podium and the Prada Voyage Podium.


Qatar Duty Free was awarded 'Airport Retailer of the Year' at the 2018 DFNI Global Awards. In April, the leading airport retailer was recognised at the PAX International Readership Awards, when Qatar Airways won ‘Best In-Flight Duty Free Program’ for the Middle East and Africa and was acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding in-flight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free. 


HIA, the home of QDF, has already met a number of significant milestones in 2018, including being ranked fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’, fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. HIA is the only airport in the Middle East to be ranked in the world’s top 10 airports of 2018. At the annual awards ceremony, HIA also took home the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row, and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third consecutive year.


THE WORLD OF AIGNER
A German brand with an Italian soul - AIGNER
From horse riding to the forefront of Haute Couture – the story of the eponymous brand, AIGNER is a spell of passion, creativity and craftsmanship.


An AIGNER product is considered by many to be a modern classic, but this contemporary brand has a history that can be traced back to Hungary in 1904, when its founder and original designer was born.


The company was based in Munich, where the mood was one of excitement and a euphoric belief in progress. The free-spirited nature of the time influenced the company’s direction and Aigner went on to become a cult brand by virtue of its reflection of a life of pleasure and savoir vivre.


The company chose wild horses as its symbol, as it chimed with the atmosphere, materials and designs that defined the company, as well as the luxury of upmarket horse culture. The horseshoe became more than just a decorative symbol – it represented everything that the company believed in.


Luxurious leather bags, Swiss made timepieces and accessories carrying the famous horseshoe shaped AIGNER ‘A’ logo are timeless expressions of German precision and Tuscan tradition. The master touch of AIGNER resonates in every product of the brand, making AIGNER a class apart.
 
Notes to Editors:
About Qatar Airways: 
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft. 


A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.


 Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.


Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.


Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.


Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 15 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters. 
For further information, please contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200

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