Qatar’s replacement airport (formerly New Doha International Airport) sets new global standards in operational efficiency, passenger convenience and service. All other airlines will continue to fly to and from the existing Doha International Airport until 27 May 2014, when Hamad International Airport will become fully operational.
In 2004, architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects and interior designers at global design studio HOK were brought in to devise a 600,000 sq m transport hub to replace the outdated Doha International Airport which was struggling to meet the demands of increased passenger numbers.
The new facility will be capable of handling 28 million passengers per annum when fully operational and virtually doubles the size of Doha International Airport. The hub includes two of the longest runways in the world, a 2,100 sq m public mosque, 28,000 sq m retail gallery, two 100-key hotels, a health spa, a 3,431-car parking garage, and numerous support and administration facilities.
Situated near the waterfront of the Arabian Gulf, Hamad International Airport with its sleek Passenger Terminal Complex will be the first impression many new visitors will get on their entry to Qatar.
HOK’s design of the main passenger terminal emphasizes Qatari hospitality and its Gulf-side location. The terminal gives visitors a spectacular and lasting impression of the country while providing them with a five-star travel experience.
HOK concludes: “[Our] design of the main passenger terminal emphasises Qatari hospitality and its Gulf-side location. The terminal gives visitors a spectacular and lasting impression of the country while providing them with a five-star travel experience.”
Hamad International Airport (HIA) is a uniquely designed airport set against a beautiful man made lagoon and landscaping, creating a lush green environment to complement the airport’s natural bay and coastal setting.
The roof of the passenger terminal complex creates an architectural feature, the design of which is influenced by the waves of the Arabian Gulf. HIA is located 4 kilometres east of the existing Doha International Airport (DIA) and has been primarily built on reclaimed land.
“We want a world-class facility,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker in a Moodie Report article. “We will not compromise on quality. We will not compromise on standards. I think when you put everything together, there will be no other airport of such a high standard.”
“A new workplace and stunning architectural masterpiece will enhance the skyline of Doha providing new surroundings for airport employees and the travelling public from around the world,” said Abdul Aziz Al Noiami, chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, in Airport World.
Location: Doha, Qatar
Area: 6.46 million sq. ft.
Passengers: 30 milion/year
Owner: Qatar Civil Aviation Authority
Article by Marco Rinaldi