In 2023 Thabet Musleh was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President at Qatar Duty Free, the Middle East’s second-largest duty free retailer – and, over the past three years, the region’s most dynamic. He is charged with driving all commercial revenues at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha, including the airport’s extraordinary Expansion Project which opened in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Qatar Duty Free has been the Middle East’s brightest light throughout the pandemic, investing heavily in its consumer and commercial offer and this year opening a flurry of stores and F&B outlets across the existing South and North Nodes. Then, of course, there is the Expansion Project, which surely ranks as a modern-day wonder of the airport world.
Thabet leads the company’s retail, inflight, food & beverage and in-house advertising divisions. He has acquired more than a decade of experience in the retail sector. He joined parent company Qatar Airways in 2016 as Head of Retail Operations for the national carrier’s duty free business. Prior to that he spent ten years at World Duty Free Group in the UK, holding a number of senior roles across London’s three biggest airports: Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.