Singapore airport operator denies 'Jewel' is Qatar design ripoff

Business | 4 Nov 2019 12:52 pm

The operator of Singapore’s Changi airport rejected claims that a vast new entertainment complex with shops, an indoor waterfall and forest walk was ripped off from Qatar, Bloomberg reports citing the Straits Times.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, speaking at the unveiling of expansion plans for Hamad International Airport in Doha last month, said its designs had been copied by another country, according to the Straits Times.

Akbar intentionally declined to name the alleged perpetrator, but it was obvious he was referring to Changi’s Jewel complex, the newspaper said.

Jewel Changi Airport, which includes the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40 meters, opened in April.

Responding to the allegation, Changi Airport Group chief executive Lee Seow Hiang told the Straits Times that the company respects intellectual property rights and expects its business partners to do the same.

The designer of the Jewel, Safdie Architects, has never done any work in Qatar, Lee said, according to the report.-Photos: Hamad International Airport, Qatar/Facebook/Straints Times





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