October 15 2021  |  Airline & Terminal News

HMSHost to open outlets at DOH

By Rick Lundstrom

The outlet jones social is the second of its kind in the Middle East

HMSHost International is expanding its footprint in the Middle East through their joint venture with Qatar Airways at Hamad International Airport (DOH) with seven-year contract with 14 stores starting in September 2021.

The partnership focuses on enhancing consumer experience and operational excellence. The agreement for 14 stores includes the award of 10 new stores, and the renewal of four stores already operated by HMSHost Qatar. The selection of brands added to the food and beverage scene at the airport responds to the needs of global travelers and draws upon HMSHost International’s 50 years’ experience operating in global airports.

“Confirming our joint venture with Qatar Airways and announcing our development of the food & beverage offering at Hamad International Airport is an important gesture as we push towards recovery. As passenger numbers return, we look forward to welcoming travellers to our carefully curated selection of food & beverage brands and signature warm service at Qatar’s world-class airport.” said Walter Seib, CEO HMSHost International in yesterday’s announcement.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, added: “We are pleased to collaborate with HMSHost, one of the leading global developers and managers of dining venues in the travel industry. With this partnership, we aim to provide an unrivalled dining experience inspired by global F&B travel trends, while also meeting the needs of our most discerning passengers travelling through HIA, our home and hub, named the best airport in the world.”

Set in the airport’s busy International Departures on airside jones social, will be the second outlet in the Middle East, travelers can relax in its smooth tapas-oriented easy dining style, transporting guests from the busy airport into a chic holiday restaurant setting complete with lava stone grill. In keeping with the brand’s desire to provide the best gourmet food for everyday living, a jones express will serve single origin coffees, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups and hearty mains. All items are made fresh daily and packaged as portable, perfect for passengers preparing to board their flights. Middle Eastern concept Comptoir Libanais will serve Middle Eastern cuisine together with the iconic warm Arabian hospitality. Familiar for global travelers, HMSHost’s own Grab&Fly, will bring the first of its successful Amsterdam-style version of the brand to the Middle East with two kiosks at the airport, serving drinks and small bites to go for travelers on the move.

Introducing a new-style food court to the center of the airport, The Food Park Doha brings together global cuisine in a single melting pot. Self-described informal Belgian embassy of food and beer, Le Petit Belge will bring Belgian cuisine and hops culture to the airport, serving fine Belgian beverages paired with mussels through to ib-eye steaks. Giraffe, brings its passion for seeking out the best in global dishes, serving gyozas and halloumi fries and katsu chicken curry and huevos rancheros. La Terracotta will serve Neapolitan and Roman pizza, cannelloni, products of fresh high-quality ingredients. The Dosa Factory brings authentic Indian cuisine to the food court with the versatile favorite dosa in all forms. Costa Coffee delivers on their passion for perfection, sharing their finely brewed coffee and ready-to-go snacks and sandwiches.

In addition to serving travelers on airside, Costa Coffee will open a second store at Arrivals landside. Set in the airports Departures North Node in Airside, HMSHost’s stores including Spizzico, the Great Eastern Market, and the company’s successful Burger Federation will continue operate.

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