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AVIATION SOLUTIONS GLOBAL TRENDS


GATEWAY TO A GROWING POWER HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, QATAR


of visitors for the 2022 World Cup but also to serve Qatar’s aviation needs for the next 50 years and beyond.


One of the most innovative features of HIA will be its integration with a brand new development alongside, Airport City, which will cover 10km2


Hamad International Airport


(HIA) in Doha is an important new gateway for Qatar – and it will leave visitors in no doubt that they have arrived in a country with grand ambitions.


The $15.5bn airport is a state- of-the-art replacement for the existing Doha International Airport, and occupies an enviable waterside site covering 22km2


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partly reclaimed from the Gulf. The main terminal will be the city’s largest building by far, covering more than 350,000m2 under a flowing, wave-shaped roof. With an annual capacity of 30 million passengers, rising to 50 million, the new airport is intended to welcome the influx


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link it to Doha’s established core via four new districts, as well as a transport hub and cargo and warehousing facilities for the airport itself. It will be ready in time for the World Cup, but the full masterplan will cover development up to 2042. When it is complete, 200,000 people are expected to live and work there in a range of associated industries.


“This is an extremely exciting project, and a significant feat of engineering and design,” says Graeme Power-Hosking, project director at WSP Genivar, which is providing engineering services across the


airport masterplan. “HIA will be one of the finest airports in the world, and it fits into the future vision of Qatar as a major global player and one of the key Arabic countries on the world stage. It’s going to demonstrate the significance of Qatar, and make people aware that it has a tremendous amount not just of money but of influence.”


HIA will be the base for Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. “They have a very ambitious growth plan, and no one doubts that they’ll do it in some form,” says Power-Hosking.


“This airport will be the hub that supports its phenomenal growth as a major carrier over the next 20, 30 years and beyond.”


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