In 2019, plans have been revealed for an enormous growth to Doha Hamad Worldwide Airport. There’s now an thrilling replace, as the primary section of this growth ought to open subsequent month, in October 2022, forward of the FIFA World Cup.
Doha Hamad Airport growth plans
Doha’s Hamad Worldwide Airport opened in 2014. The airport had an preliminary capability of 29 million passengers per yr, although we’ve recognized all alongside that there have been plans to considerably enhance capability on the airport. The nation has been engaged on growing this capability forward of the World Cup, and it appears like that may change into a actuality:
- The primary section of the Doha Hamad Airport growth will open as of October 2022, and this can enhance capability to 58 million passengers per yr
- The ultimate section of the Doha Hamad Airport growth will begin in January 2023 and is predicted to be accomplished inside 2.5 years, and that may enhance capability to 70 million passengers per yr
Beneath is a video that was launched again in 2019 with a rendering about what the airport growth will appear to be.
Then beneath is a video that exhibits the precise growth that shall be opening shortly.
With the airport’s growth, passengers can anticipate:
- A ten,000 sq. meter (~107,000 sq. foot) indoor tropical backyard with a 268 sq. meter (~2,900 sq. foot) water function
- 11,720 sq. meters (~126,000 sq. ft) of extra retail area and meals & beverage retailers
- A brand new 9,000 sq. meter (~97,000 sq. foot) Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge
For what it’s value, the growth opening in October 2022 ought to embody the tropical backyard, however I don’t imagine it consists of the deliberate new lounge.
Doha Hamad Airport’s indoor backyard & waterfall
The indoor tropical backyard and waterfall idea most likely appears and sounds acquainted, since in 2019 Singapore Changi Airport opened The Jewel.
So, is Doha stealing Singapore’s thought? Effectively, in 2019, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker claimed that Singapore stole Doha’s thought:
“Anyone copied our design, which was already on the desk six years in the past. We had people from that nation, I can’t identify it, who took that and did it (themselves).”
Al Baker additionally identified that The Jewel is a shopping center, whereas that is a world airport. I’m curious to test this out for myself!
Doha Hamad Airport’s new Al Mourjan Lounge
Qatar Airways’ present Al Mourjan Enterprise Class Lounge at Doha Airport is excellent, although will get crowded throughout peak instances, given the variety of vacationers the airline has, and the way closely banked of a hub Hamad Airport is.
As a part of the eventual growth of the airport, we must always see a virtually 100,000 sq. foot new Al Mourjan Lounge at Doha Airport. The lounge is predicted to be above retail area, and can have views of the tropical backyard.
The lounge is predicted to incorporate a spa, gymnasium, eating places, and a enterprise middle. Qatar Airways will preserve its present lounges, so this could all be incremental lounge capability. For what it’s value, the present Al Mourjan Lounge is simply over 100,000 sq. ft, so this can almost double lounge capability for enterprise class passengers.
The catch is that I don’t imagine that this lounge shall be opening as half of the present growth, however somewhat I imagine it’s opening as a part of the ultimate section of the venture. A minimum of Qatar Airways did not too long ago open new lounges for elite members, so lounge capability is up a bit on the airport.
Doha’s Hamad Airport is present process a big growth, and the largest section of that shall be opening within the coming weeks, forward of the World Cup.
With this, you may anticipate the capability of Hamad Airport to roughly double, from 29 million to 58 million passengers per yr. It’s also possible to anticipate the opening of a brand new tropical backyard. Then the ultimate section of the growth ought to open in 2025 or so, growing the airport’s remaining capability to roughly 70 million passengers.
What do you make of the Doha Hamad Airport growth plans?