Shopping at Qatar Duty Free during your layover in Doha

Will you be passing through Hamad International Airport in Qatar (HIA) this year? If you have a long-haul flight with a layover in Doha, your waiting time before boarding the next plane –whether it is three hours or an entire day- will just fly by thanks to the wide array of restaurants and shops in Qatar Duty Free. This empire of airport shopping consists of a plaza spanning over 40.000 square metres and comprising more than 30 fine dining establishments and 70 luxury retail stores altogether. It is divided into the South plaza (on ground level) and the North one (on the first floor), encircled by boarding gates and lounges and, in turn, surrounding the charismatic huge yellow bear which has already become a symbol for Qatar Airport. This work of art by Urs Fischer is intended to remind us of our childhood years while we venture into new places, but it also serves as a point of reference for travellers while they roam the concourses of the duty free in HIA airport.

What to find at the shops of Qatar Duty Free in Doha

For some travellers, a layover of many hours in Qatar that will, however, not be long enough to explore the city or implies getting a visa for such a short period of time, is without a doubt best spend at the Hamad International airport shops. The offer is varied and boasts the highest quality products: leather goods, designer bags, watches, jewellery, perfumes, the latest clothing trends, shoes, cosmetics and make up, technology, chocolate, gourmet foods, souvenirs, travel gifts and the usual tax-free tobacco and liquors, for which we recommend confirming the specific allowances at every transit airport of your journey in order to avoid confiscation by the customs staff.

Your stopover in Hamad International airport of Qatar

If your plans change because the connecting flight gets delayed or your layover is longer than initially expected, you may complement the shopping with a night stay at the airport hotel inside Qatar airport. This way, you will be able to get some good rest without leaving the boarding area, thus being ready to resume your journey whenever it is possible.

*For a stopover of several days in Qatar and after obtaining the corresponding Visa, we advise you to make a reservation with one of our recommended hotels in Doha.

Raffles of Qatar Duty Free

Your transit through Qatar airport may have a great finale if you are lucky enough to win their millionaire raffle: prizes include 1 million US dollars, a McLaren 650S Coupe or a BMWi8. In any event, you can always enjoy other advantages such as discount vouchers to be redeemed at the duty free shops in Hamad International airport if you fly with Qatar Airways or visit Qatar Duty Free official website.

Which brands will I find at Qatar Duty Free?

The Duty Free Plaza in Doha includes luxury brands such as Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Cartier, Desigual, Diesel, Giorgio Armani, Godiva, Gucci, Harrods, Hugo Boss, IWC Schaffhausen, La Prairie, Lancome, MAC, Michael Kors, Omega, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rolex, Tag Heuer and Valentino. Your mandatory cup of hot chocolate or delicious coffee at the airport is available in Jamocha, Illy Café, Farggi, yet you may also try healthy international dishes at the beIN Café, Le Grand Comptoir, the RED American Bistro, Soprafino Italian restaurant and the renowned Caviar House & Prunier, to mention but a few. It must be noted that all cafeterias and shops in Qatar Duty Free stay open 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

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World Duty Free stores in Spanish airports

The World Duty Free shops have presence in many airport passenger terminals across Spain and Europe, offering a unique opportunity to purchase high-quality products at great prices in the exclusive environment of the boarding areas.

Where are you likely to find a World Duty Free Store in Spain? If you travel to cities like Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gerona, Madrid, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela and Seville, or to the islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria or Tenerife, one of these multi-branded shops will be awaiting you. In fact, in most cases you will step into one right after passing through security, as the company has recently implemented the “walk through” format at many airports.

What can you buy at a World Duty Free Store?

To give you just some examples, before you board, you will get the chance to purchase delightful fine chocolates by Godiva, Lindt and Guylian, or beauty products and perfumes by Yves Saint Laurent, Elizabeth Arden, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Moschino, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Chloé, Diesel, Biotherm, Clarins, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden and L’Oréal.

Additionally, cigarettes and liquors are two of the most frequently purchased goods before take-off in these duty free stores, and selected locations may offer jewellery and complements, travel accessories and all sorts of souvenirs from stuffed animals to key chains and figurines.

Shopping online and collecting your purchases at Madrid airport

If you are flying out of Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas international airport, you can buy your travel gifts online by visiting the Madrid Duty Free website and collect your purchases at the store of your departure terminal (we recommend confirming this beforehand) before you fly. They will have your order ready for you to collect it and all you have to do is make sure you have your ID and boarding pass handy.

Bear in mind that, depending on which country you are flying to, restrictions may apply to the number of bags you carry onto the aircraft or the amount of specific goods you can buy (especially spirits and tobacco), so you are also advised to check the specific customs regulations in advance.

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Luxury shops in Hong Kong International airport

Hong Kong airport’s attractive retail offer keeps making fashion lovers from across the world allow for extra time before departing in order to wander through one of the largest concentrations of luxury stores ever seen inside a terminal building. Terminal 1 alone features more than twenty renowned international high fashion brands in an area known as the SkyMart, while Terminal 2 has its own shopping mall called the SkyPlaza, including fewer high end options yet offering a wide range of local unique boutiques. The great majority of worldwide known luxury fashion brands in Hong Kong airport are located after the security checkpoints.

The SkyMart shops in HKIA Terminal 1

Most outlets in terminal 1 of stay open between 7:00 and 23:00 daily, although these working hours may vary slightly depending on scheduled flights and situation within the terminal. You will need to head over to the passenger-only departures zone on level 6 with your boarding pass so as to find the following luxury fashion brands in Hong Kong airport.

Even when your trip to Hong Kong has already come to an end, you can still treat yourself to an iconic Hermès piece, the Hermés birkin bag; you will find the Parisian brand near gate 21. Very close to it, next to gate 20, shoe lovers may fulfil their dreams in the form of Jimmy Choo high heels, boots and sandals and feel like a supermodel. Around gate 40, stores like Calvin Klein (for men and women), Emporio Armani and Kate Spade New York await. HKIA has also taken into account travellers who seek functional and stylish British design by setting up a Burberry boutique store. For the finest jewellery, luxury watches and fragrances, we recommend a visit to Bvlgari, while those looking for top-quality leather bags, handbags, belts, sunglasses and scarves cannot miss out on Balenciaga. Other luxury fashion shops in the SkyMart of HKIA are Chanel, Christian Dior, Gucci, LongChamp (2 stores run by Dufry), Pandora, Prada, Valentino and Versace. Inditex lovers will also find Zara in Hong Kong airport, catering for the whole family with kids clothing, the latest fashion trends for men and women and home accessories.

The SkyPlaza shops in Hong Kong airport’s terminal 2

In terms of international brands present at Hong Kong International airport, Lacoste is the most popular, with its extensive range of knitwear products and leather goods. Nevertheless, you will also find high quality brands specializing in luggage such as Rimowa and Tumi, alongside reputable kids’ clothing stores, a Disney outlet and other businesses like Himalaya Cashmere, Giordano Ladies and Bossini. To access the SkyPlaza shopping area go to the Departures level of Terminal 2; the outlets remain open from 9:00 to 21:00 every day approximately.

Shop online and collect your purchases at the airport

In addition to the opportunity to shop the finest luxury fashion brands in Hong Kong airport before boarding your flight, you can equally choose to make your purchases online and collect them on the day of departure, thus speeding up the process and giving you more time to go through security and maybe indulge in a pre-flight meal prior to taking off.

Notice, though, that only cosmetics, accessories, food, souvenirs, spirits and selected fashion items are available on the online shop of Hong Kong airport and so –as could not be otherwise-to buy luxury clothing and accessories by world-famous brands you will need to visit these boutiques in person.

Every time you place an order in your cart through the online shop of HKIA, you are entitled to receive personal assistance 24/7 if you need it, benefit from airport-exclusive deals and promotions as well as to have it ready for you to collect, as long as you placed the order at least three hours in advance. No registration is required although they will request to process the payment at the time of purchase.

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Travel retail in Madrid: shopping in terminals T4 and T4S of Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport

On your next trip to the Spanish capital, a wide array of exclusive shops and limited-edition products will be awaiting you in terminals T4 and T4S of Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport. Over the course of the years, the international terminal and its satellite building have become a true paradise for fashionistas. The luxury clothing, gifts and accessories by renowned global and local brands, along with the unique goods to be found at Madrid Duty free -including Toblerone and Godiva chocolates, Pandora and Tous jewellery, and make-up and skin-care products by Shisheido, L’oreal and Givenchy, to name just a few- add up to an unrivalled offer at very competitive prices.

Shops in Madrid airport sorted by area

Most brands are concentrated on the restricted area after security in T4; thus, next to boarding gates J are Burberry, Loewe, Longchamp, Massimo Dutti, MaxMara, the Real Madrid F.C. official store, Samsonite, Zara, Victoria’s Secret and Tascón, with its outstanding selection of quality shoes by internationally famous designers. The largest World Duty Free shop in this terminal is also located near the J gates, but there are also three more “Express Duty Free” establishments across the different boarding areas (H-J-K) selling sweets, spirits, beauty products and souvenirs. For a shopping-spree upon arrival, there is yet another Duty Free store in the arrivals hall.

While in the T4S, the satellite terminal from which non-schengen flights depart connected to T4 by an underground shuttle train, you will get the chance to shop at Bvlgari, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo and the Real Madrid F.C. store, or make last-minute purchases at the World Duty Free establishments near gates U, R and S.

Are you having a layover in Madrid airport before catching your connecting flight?

Should you need to stay in Madrid for the night, the Air Rooms in Terminal 4 of the airport provide luxury accommodation and hospitality services right inside the international terminal. However, if you only have a couple of hours to spare in the daytime, why not try the complimentary personal shopper service in Barajas? It is completely free and will make it easier for you to find exactly what you want.

Thanks to this service by Aena, you will be guided around the shops, given good advice based on your specific style and even helped through your customs and VAT refund claiming processes. The staff is ready to assist you in different languages. To find out more about the personal shopper service in Madrid-Barajas airport, head to the information kiosks in the terminals or visit Aena’s official website to book an appointment.

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