Construction work on Hamad International Airport, the new home of Qatar Airways in Qatar’s capital, Doha, is now scheduled for an opening by the middle of this year. Construction of the airport has faced numerous delays and missed several scheduled opening dates last year.
The airport, also known as the New Doha International Airport is located about 3 miles (5 km) from the current Doha International Airport. The new airport will have a passenger terminal area of 6.5 million square feet (600,000 square meters) with three concourses and 33 contact gates at opening.
The passenger terminal will also have 16 lounges, 28 art installations and over 100 food/beverage and retail outlets. A hotel, separate 100-room transit hotel, pool, luxury spa, and even squash courts will be available at the airport.
Hamad International Airport will also offer free WiFi Internet access for all arriving and departing passengers.
The separate Emiri Terminal, to be used only for heads of state and other very important officials, has been built adjacent to a man-made lagoon. Complete with landscaping, this creates a lush green environment to complement the airport’s natural bay and coastal setting.
The design of the roof reflects the airport’s coastal settings, with the roof’s wave-like design mirroring the waves of the Arabian Gulf.
Key features of the airport complex include a water-drop shaped public mosque – over 22,500 square feet (2,100 square meter) – located outside the passenger terminal complex and the almost 300 foot tall crescent-shaped air traffic control tower.