Doha, Qatar, has seen massive growth in the past few years, but it’s not just the city itself that’s growing. Doha International Airport, Qatar’s only airport, is pretty much maxed out, capacity-wise. Despite numerous expansions, the airport just can’t grow as quickly as the city and country. Adding to the overpopulation issue is the fact that Qatar Airways, Qatar’s flag carrier and Doha Airport’s largest carrier, is based there. Because of the country’s location, Doha, along with other cities such as Dubai, are desirable stopover points on the journey between the United States / Europe and Asia / Oceania. As a result, the airport has simply been overwhelmed with passengers.
But fear not, dear travelers. Come April 1, Doha’s new airport, Hamad International Airport, will open to the public. At opening, the airport will be able to handle 29 million passengers yearly, and that number will increase to 50 million once the third and final phase of construction is completed in 2015.
We’ve scoured the internet looking for photos of the new airport, and it’s an amazing space. Check out the pictures below, found on the Skyscraper City forum (you can read the entire forum posting on the New Doha International Airport here).
Clarification: While the official opening of the airport is on April 1, Qatar Airways, and other lounge-using airlines, will not move in until July, at the earliest. This is due to the fact that the lounge outfitting contractor, Lindner Depa, did not install lounges as promised. Civil action is pending against the German-Emirati company.
[Featured photo: Qatari Adventures]