Doha’s New Hamad International Opens for Business — Qatar’s new Hamad International Airport (HIA) opened May 1, 2014 to welcome arriving passengers for
Ten carriers commenced operations out of the new passenger terminal at HIA. end of May.
HIA and Airport City together make up the NDIA project and span 11 square miles, 60 percent on land reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. The project includes 100 buildings of various uses. The Passenger Terminal has an area of 6.5 million square
Once fully open, the terminal will feature 16 lounges, 26 art installations, more than 100 F&B and retail outlets, a transit hotel, a swimming pool, a luxury spa, squash courts and a four-story catering facility that is one of the largest in the world. The onsite public mosque can accommodate 500 worshippers at prayer time.
Passengers are able to take advantage of the many new services available at Hamad International Airport, from the free WiFi to play areas for children, multiple quiet areas to relax, and the amazing array of shopping and eating options. Qatar Duty Free at HIA offers more than 70 retail outlets offering a wide selection of designer labels, electronics, gourmet foods, along with more than 30 cafes and restaurants with a selection of global and local cuisine.
“The moment we have all been building towards for many years arrived today as QR1113 touched down, marking the historic start of our full operations at the worldclass Hamad International Airport,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. “This is yet another milestone in the rich history of Qatar Airways, and one that will allow us to fully realize our ambitions, and to offer our passengers the very best of services, both in the air and on the ground.