Letter to readers about the new California section


Karen Walker
Airports across the globe land high-end retailers
Airports across the globe land high-end retailers

You'd think airports serving international cities or major hubs would be flush with irresistible shopping opportunities for the traveler. Sadly, most are stocked with the same tired perfumes, booze and tacky tchotchkes. But there are exceptions — facilities whose managers understand that extravagant, artisanal, organic and gourmet are not dirty words. Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar: In the world's most futurist city, the new $16-billion Hamad Airport is a haven for luxury lovers. It used to be Dubai for extreme haute luxe, but who needs gold bars (yes, they sell those in Dubai) when you can shop for spectacular jewelry? Apart from breakfasting at an airport...