LINDER DEPA REBUTS QATAR AIRWAYS CLAIMSDec 30 ,2012
Dubai, UAE: 30 December 2012: Lindner Depa Interiors (“LDI” or the “Company”) today acknowledges Qatar Airways statement as a false and misleading representation of the facts around the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) project. LDI is deeply disappointed by the allegations made by Qatar Airways and rebuts all claims. Furthermore, LDI has never had a contract or relationship with Qatar Airways, nor has it received any legal claim from the airline.
LDI is currently in arbitration proceedings with the New Doha International Airport (NDIA), with whom it was contracted to work. LDI was denied full access to the project site for the first nine months of the sixteen months project. This delay, combined with NDIA’s refusal to pay acceleration costs recommended by its own management consultancy, meant LDI was unable to start all interior contracting work on site as planned. As a result, LDI was unable to meet its original contract completion date.
LDI has been operating since 2007 as a joint-venture between German-based Lindner group and UAE-based Depa group completing many infrastructure projects including work at Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport and stations of both lines of the Dubai Metro. Lindner Group was founded in 1965 and has completed many high profile airport projects such as London Heathrow (Terminal 5); Hong Kong Airport; Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 1); Shanghai Pudong Airport and Barcelona Airport (new Terminal 1). Depa, one of the largest interior contacting companies in the world, has also successfully executed large and complex projects in over 20 countries including Emirates Airline First and Business Class lounges at Dubai Airport, Mumbai's new international airport, Museum of Islamic Arts (Qatar), the Emirates Palace Hotel (Abu Dhabi), Grand Hyatt (Malaysia), Baku Flame (Azerbaijan) and Marina Bay Sands (Singapore).
LDI is seeking legal counsel as a result of the damage caused to its reputation based on the false and misleading information made in the Qatar Airways statement.