Qatar Museums (QM) flagship restaurants, IDAM and Jiwan reopened yesterday, to offer a limited service with enhanced health and safety protocols.
IDAM restaurant at the Museum of Islamic Art will operate with a smaller, regulated capacity for dinner service from Sunday to Thursday, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.
Jiwan at the National Museum of Qatar will be open from Saturday to Wednesday with limited capacity for lunch and afternoon tea from 12pm-5pm.
The reopening of these restaurants aligns with the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) second phase of the general resumption of public activity in Qatar, which seeks to combat the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The restaurants, operated by IN-Q Enterprises (commercial arm of QM), will be following guidelines and recommendations to ensure a safe environment for all with the highest hygiene practices to uphold and protect public health.
Following MoPH guidance, Jiwan and IDAM adapted seating to ensure a distance of 2m between tables to create a safe and relaxed dining experience.
The restaurants are utilising ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) to sanitise the kitchen, uniforms, and napkins, and diners will be offered a single-use menu or an online menu which can be viewed using a QR code. Ehteraz application status will also be checked on arrival at the restaurant or at the main museum entrance.
“We are excited that our guests may once again enjoy the full culinary experience that both Jiwan and IDAM have to offer through rich local flavours and distinct service and ambiance. Throughout this crisis, our customers have been at the centre of our attention. Our team has been working tirelessly over the past few months to serve our customers in the safety from their own homes. We are now eager to welcome them at the restaurants,” Executive Chef Damien Leroux said in a press statement.
Phil Lawrie, general manager, IN-Q Enterprises, said: “We look forward to welcoming guests back and returning to offering exceptional cultural dining experiences. Our staff and guests’ health and safety remain our priority, and we have stepped up to support MoPH’s latest guidance.”
“Our approach is centred on limiting occupancy and ensuring diners have adequate space to socially distance, whilst offering a tailored service that limits the guest’s interaction with staff. As a business, we are very proud of the measures and directives that our country and Government have provided, which has enabled Qatar to limit the spread of Covid-19 and follow a phased reopening of public spaces, retail outlets, and restaurants.”
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