Airline to fly more than 20 international celebrity chefs to Doha to take part in this year’s festival, including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Masaharu Morimoto, Richard Sandoval, and Dominique Ansel of ‘Cronut’ fame

The 11-day event, taking place from 20-30 March, will feature more than 150 food stalls and trucks, offering visitors the chance to sample a rich variety of global cuisines

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is pleased to be the Official Airline Sponsor of the 10th annual Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) 2019, in partnership with the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC).

The National Carrier of the State of Qatar will fly more than 20 celebrity chefs from around the globe to Doha to take part in this year’s festival, including Nobu Matsuhisa, Masaharu Morimoto, Richard Sandoval, Dominique Ansel of ‘Cronut’ fame, as well as many others. These celebrated chefs will contribute to Doha’s rich and diverse community by sharing their extraordinary culinary art and cultural flavours with visitors to this year’s QIFF.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “As the Official Airline Sponsor of the Qatar International Food Festival, we are delighted to be partnering with QIFF on its 10th anniversary, and to be bringing so many Master Chefs from around the world to Doha to take part in this year’s festival. This unique event showcases Qatar’s extraordinary diversity, something we as an airline take tremendous pride in. Qatar Airways has also activated a stopover programme for transiting vistors at Hamad International Airport to visit QIFF. We look forward to tasting the many amazing flavours at the festival, and we welcome all visitors and guests to join us at this exciting event.”

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has been organising and delivering QIFF annually for the last ten years as part of its strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism experiences. Every year, the festival welcomes tourists and food enthusiasts from all over the world to enjoy authentic local and international flavours and family entertainment, combined with the country’s pleasant spring weather set against its most scenic venues.

Mr. Rashed Al Qurese of the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) said: “QIFF has completed ten successful years of introducing Qatar’s vibrant multicultural experiences and iconic venues to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. It has played an instrumental role in our strategy to position Qatar as an attractive destination for authentic and bespoke experiences.

“Thanks to numerous initiatives to enhance visitor access, UNWTO has ranked Qatar as the most open country in the Middle East and the 8th most open country in the world in terms of visa facilitation. This, combined with multiple daily flight options from Qatar Airways and numerous hospitality and dining offers from hotels in and around Doha, offers a great opportunity to visitors from all over the world to come and enjoy the festival as well as other unique experiences Qatar offers.”

The 11-day festival, which runs from 20-30 March at Oxygen Park at Education City, will feature more than 150 food stalls, food trucks, a cooking theatre, and food & beverage entrepreneurs, as well as a dedicated kids’ zone and cultural activities. Food stalls offering exciting cuisine from around the globe, including India, South Africa, Japan, USA and France, will all be present to share their flavours. A live cooking theatre will showcase celebrity chefs on stage creating signature dishes while engaging with the audience. With exciting live entertainment throughout each day, the festive atmosphere promises to bring all guests a wonderful experience. To find out more visit

QIFF contributes to Qatar’s dining scene by attracting international as well as local food and beverage outlets to introduce and showcase their products and service under the hospitality umbrella at the festival.

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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 currently operates a modern fleet of more than 230 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

The airline has launched an array of exciting new destinations recently, including Gothenburg Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. Qatar Airways will add a number of new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia.