By Arista Lim
4 Nov 2019
Changi Airport Group Refutes Claims That Jewel Was A Stolen Design For Qatar
Being accused of plagiarism is no laughing matter. But what happens when the accuser’s “evidence” is not even correct?
On 22 Oct, the CEO of Qatar Airways tried to shade Singapore at the unveiling of Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) expansion plan by saying Jewel was an imitation of their design which was “on the table nearly 6 years ago”.
Qatar Airways CEO says Jewel is a copyAt the press conference 2 weeks ago, Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker apparently made an implicit jab at Jewel by saying that “somebody copied our design”.
According to ST, the plans for HIA do show some familiar traits. HIA tweeted that expansion plans include an indoor water feature and a “stunning” tropical garden.
[However, the airport has been criticized for copying the infrastructural designs of other airports around the world, such as Ben Gurion Airport and Singapore Changi Airport.]
[So... Jewel is a copy of an artist's impression? Impressive!]
CAG proves innocence
Jewel’s design was picked in July 2012 after a “competitive process”. Safdie Architects was then awarded the contract in May 2013 for its “compelling” design.
Thus, it seems like Qatar has little proof to back up the argument they started.
Imitation is the highest form of flatteryThe mind behind Jewel, Mr Safdie, commented:
We are delighted that Jewel’s uniqueness and originality has been well-recognised by the international community and resulted in many wanting to emulate it.Imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery, so maybe all Qatar Airways wanted was a little bit of recognition.
Nevertheless, this teaches us that it’s important to get your facts straight before making such a serious allegation.
Featured image adapted from Capitaland and Twitter.
[Was going to comment that I have lost all respect for Qatar. Then realised it is just one egotistical CEO who can be ignored.]