Hamad International Airport (HIA) has officially unveiled its impressive airport expansion project to the world, enriching passenger experiences and transforming HIA into an extraordinary destination worth traveling to.
HE Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group, said: “We are very pleased to launch the expansion of Hamad International Airport, an airport that has truly grown to become the latest example of a sustainable global structure and success. HIA continues to impress with its innovative planning, execution and investment, strengthening its position as the preferred hub for global travelers and strengthening HIA’s position among the leading leaders in this sector. The opening of our recently expanded terminal further connects the growing number of travelers to all corners of the world, enriching people’s experiences and proudly representing the rich culture and prestige of the state of Qatar ”.
Commenting on the expansion, HIA Chief Operating Officer Ing. Badr Mohammed Al Meer said: “We are immensely proud to officially launch our airport expansion. Our growth plan will see us welcome over 58 million passengers annually, offering global travelers the best services the industry has to offer. Through the expansion, we have updated our facilities and offerings, creating the ultimate destination for passengers ”.
The ORCHARD: A tropical masterpiece
HIA’s ambitions and futuristic vision can be witnessed within the recently announced ORCHARD, a tropical garden located at the center of the terminal expansion. The ORCHARD is an indoor tropical garden with a beautiful water feature that will be the focal point for visitors to the HIA. With a myriad of diverse flora, ORCHARD includes over 300 trees and over 25,000 plants from sustainable forests around the world.
A large terminal like no other
Consisting of a large terminal, the twice-best airport in the world will welcome passengers with facilities and services designed for all ages. The expansion now allows travelers to seamlessly move from one area to another, exploring the wonders HIA has to offer with its infused warmth and hospitality.
Exquisite dining and retail options
The enhanced retail offering also includes an unrivaled selection of luxury boutiques, including the first Dior boutique at the HIA, the only FIFA store in the world, the only Thom Brown store in an airport, the largest Ray Ban store in an airport and a range of prestigious brands such as the flagship Louis Vuitton Boutique, Gucci, Burberry, Tiffany and Co. Bvlgari and many other world-class brands.
A second airport hotel and several new lounges
As part of the overall expansion, HIA has launched the second airport hotel within its relocation area, the Oryx Garden Hotel. Located in the north plaza, the 100-room hotel focuses on sustainability, with rooms ranging from king to twin, as well as strategically placed suites within walking distance of the boarding gates.
Part of the expansion project are four brand new lounges for passengers to relax and unwind.
A sustainable destination
With sustainability at the heart of HIA’s plans, the airport managed to get four of the expansion projects a 4-star rating under the Gulf Organization’s Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for Research and Development. development (GORD).
With Phase A of HIA’s expansion plans now up and running, Phase B of the expansion, which begins in early 2023, will further increase capacity to over 70 million passengers.
As HIA continues to transform the industry with innovative experiences and breathtaking features, the award-winning airport looks to a bright and sustainable future where the possibilities are endless.