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Qatar Airways Refreshes Inflight Menu Featuring 5 Qatari Dishes

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Passengers traveling with Qatar Airways on select routes across North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East will be treated to a new onboard menu featuring Qatari-inspired dishes.

With the new inflight menu, the world-class airline hopes to celebrate Qatar’s culinary heritage and introduce more travelers to the region’s culinary flavors.

Let’s take a look at all the details.

An Overview of Qatar Airways’ New Menu

Qatar Airways brought on iconic Qatari chef Chef Aisha Al Tamimi to refresh their inflight menu. Image Credit: Qatar Airways

Qatar Airlines, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture in the State of Qatar, will be offering passengers a taste of local Qatari dishes on its flights and in its award-winning lounges.

The airline hired Qatari Culinary Artist, Chef Aisha Al Tamimi, to refresh its onboard menu and elevate the travel experience, bringing customers closer to what it’s like to dine in Qatar. Passengers can anticipate robust local Qatari flavors inspired by Chef Aisha Al Tamimi, who uses cardamom, black pepper, salt, cumin, black lime, paprika, and red chili peppers in her dishes.

“Food is an integral part of every civilization, and it is one of the tangible elements that brings pride to every citizen,” said Chef Aisha Al Tamimi said in a statement. “In my partnership with Qatar Airways, I ensured that my dishes are authentic to the Qatari heritage that I am very proud of, and I am happy to bring my local cuisine onboard this impressive airline.”

New Menu Items

As part of the updated new menu inspired by Qatar, business and first class passengers will have the opportunity of savoring the country’s most renowned national delicacies, prepared using locally sourced organic ingredients and spices.

Here are a handful of the intriguing new dishes that Qatar Airlines passengers can hope to experience on their next flight:

  • Qatari Chicken Machboos – A marinated chicken basmati rice dish, served alongside a daqoos red chili sauce filled with an abundance of the region’s aromatic spices. The dish is garnished with crispy onions and chopped parsley.
  • Qatari Madrubah – A slowly cooked dish that consists of ground oats with boneless shredded chicken. Qatari seasoning is added with dried lemon and natural green herbs.
  • Qatari Mashkool – A basmati rice dish that consists of fried chicken, eggplant, and potatoes, mixed together with coconut milk. The dish is garnished with a layer of almonds and crispy onions.
  • Qatari Chicken Jareesh – A chopped chicken dish that is cooked with wheat, onions and Arabic gee, garnished with crispy onion and green chili salsa.
  • Qatari style breakfast platter – A variety of local dishes including saffron and cardamom, flavored balaleet vermicelli, eggs and tomatoes scrambled eggs, and traditional beans with onion and garlic. The platter is served alongside a basket of Arabic bread.

Ahead of a flight, passengers with dietary restrictions can request special meals beforehand that won’t sacrifice quality or flavor. The airline has created meals for every dietary need, including vegan and vegetarian, religious needs, medical needs, and even children’s meals.

Hot Tip: Flying first or business class with Qatar Airways? You can preorder your meal before your flight between 14 days to 24 hours in advance.

Final Thoughts

The new menu redesigned by Qatar Airlines in collaboration with the State of Qatar’s Ministry of Culture and renowned Qatari chef Chef Aisha Al Tamimi is sure to be a hit with first and business class passengers. The airline has gone above and beyond to enhance the passenger experience by providing exemplary service, and now, a new menu incorporating dishes with a regional flair.

About Juan Ruiz

Juan has been involved in credit cards, loyalty, travel, and personal finance for more than 10 years. He has worked for several outlets including The Points Guy and Forbes and was previously Editor-in-Chief at Money Under 30.


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