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Qatar Airways firmly puts Doha on the map as the new Middle East foodie destination, flying international visitors into Doha to visit the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) co-hosted by Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways. This highly-anticipated annual festival takes place for the seventh time this year at the Museum of Islamic Art Park which took place 21 to 28 March.
Doha, named the winner of the World Travel Awards Middle East Travel Destination 2015, attracts a myriad of international epicurean travellers to Qatar each year. This unique festival, launched by Qatar Tourism Authority in 2010, brings together people from various countries and cultures to celebrate international cuisine.
Qatar Airways is delighted to encourage South African visitors to experience Qatar Airways’ award-winning hospitality on board the 787 when arriving at the hub Hamad International Airport and looks forward to once again creating a unique showcase for the Qatar hospitality industry’s most tantalising food and beverage offerings.
“Qatar Airways invites QIFF festival-goers on a global food journey featuring the freshest ingredients and latest food trends courtesy of an awe-inspiring line-up of internationally renowned chefs,” said Ms. Salam Al Shawa, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, “the Qatar Airways Live Cooking Theatre this year boasts culinary forces such as Michelin Star rated Chefs Alain Du Casse and Chef Vineet, who has also created one of the Qatar on-board menus.”
Presentations by top chefs, including global lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and Australian MasterChef judge George Calombaris, will excite food fans visiting QIFF this year. Returning to the festival from Canada, QIFF creator of Qatar Duty Free’s Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport, Chef Massimo Capra, will also make appearances throughout the seven day event.
Four international Michelin star-rated talents complement the already exclusive line-up: Japanese chef Tagaki Kazuo; Australian chef Paul Bentley; Bangkok legend Tim Butler; and celebrated pastry chef Jesus Escalera. An elevated dinner allows visitors to heighten their culinary senses during a spectacular Dinner in the Sky while indulging in a Taste of Business Class.
Doha is an iconic tourist destination in Qatar with fascinating attractions including quaint unspoilt villages, mosques, historic museums and the iconic Desert with its world-renowned Singing Dunes, requiring the right combination of sand particle size, temperature and humidity for sand dunes to “sing”.
Doha’s Corniche, a wide crescent-shaped boulevard that runs along the seaside, is bordered by lush green grass and boasts magnificent sea-views. The QIFF is set to take place at nearby modern architectural marvel, the Doha Museum of Islamic Art.
Entertainment, raffle prizes and a genuine festival atmosphere with music every day and performers all contribute to the atmosphere and attraction of the four-day festival. There will also be a children’s play area with bouncy castles, a Jungle Zone, face painting and other fun activities.
South African Gourmet Travellers are invited to join in the Foodie Festivities and catch one of Qatar Airways direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Doha and from Durban via Johannesburg to Doha.