Doha 14th August 2013 : The Hamad International Airport, currently under development at an estimated cost of $15.5bn, will feature two 100-room luxury transit hotels and a range of leisure facilities.
Qatar Airways First Class and Business Class passengers as well as hotel guests will have access to resort quality facilities that include two squash courts, a 25-metre-long swimming pool and five-star spa for passengers to relax while in transit.
The hotel will aimed at people in transit through Doha who are keen to catch up on a few hours’ sleep.
The opening of the new airport was delayed at the last minute in April this year after the multi-billion dollar project failed to meet the newly-introduced safety and security requirements of Qatar’s Civil Defence Department.
HE Abdulaziz al-Noaimi, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority and of the Steering Committee had said announcing the postponement of the airport, the HIA project was executed by a number of international contractors “who have supervised the system-readiness of the airport and have already issued international certificates in the domain of safety and security’.
Hamad International Airport (HIA)has been designed to be a luxurious and highly efficient gateway to Qatar and on to the rest of the world. Its state-of-the-art facilities, welcoming atmosphere and friendly personnel are poised to redefine the way customers travel and do business.
With a third of the world ‘s population living within a 4- hour flight from Doha and two-thirds of the population within an 8-hour flight ( 4.5 hours from Delhi, 5 hours from Moscow, 6.5 hours from London, 8 hours from Kuala Lumpur), Qatar is quickly becoming a major travel and transit hub and the Hamad International has been envisioned to take on the challenge.
This article, first published in Qatar Chronicle on the 14th of August 2013 had said that the Hamad International Airport would also be home to the Jetway Project. This news is incorrect. The Jetway Project or Mobile Hotel, designed by Margot Krasojevic, is for a private airstrip and is not part of the Hamad International Airport Project. We sincerely apologize for the error.