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Doha's New Airport - Welcome To Hong Kong?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 4:05 am

Hello all,

Today, I got a first look at some computer generated pictures of the new Doha International Airport. As far as I know, these images have not been published before.

The new airport will be situated approximately four kilometers east of the existing airport. It will feature two runways mostly constructed on reclaimed land, an opening date capacity to handle 12 million passengers a year, with a 24-gate passenger terminal complex.

Some pictures can be found here (on my website...):
http://airsider.net/files/2004/0604/001/doha_airport.htm

Doesn't that look very familiar? Welcome to Hong Kong...  Wink/being sarcastic

What do you think about the new airport masterplan?
Does someone have more information about the project?

Thanks,
Michael
 
srbrenna
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RE: Doha's New Airport - Welcome To Hong Kong?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 4:15 am

I have been to the current Doha airport many times and although it has been improved recently it is still quite small.

It is no secret that the new airport is modelled on Hong Kong and if you visit Qatar everyone will say that! Doha is a rapidly expanding city and needs the new infrastructure. I believe that the new terminal will be used for long haul and the old will be further enhanced to handle short haul
 
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RE: Doha's New Airport - Welcome To Hong Kong?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 4:24 am

Srbrenna: That's new to me. You mean that they are going to use the old airport for short hauls then? The new airport is four kilometers east of the existing airport.

As I understand, everything is moving over to the new airport in 2008. But I have no idea what they're going to do with the old infrastructure which still is in the process of being upgraded.

Michael
 
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RE: Doha's New Airport - Welcome To Hong Kong?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 5:12 am

I was in Doha three weeks ago and I find the current airport is cute.

It is modern, clean, and efficient. I also like the inexpensive restaurant on the second floor. I see no need for a new airport. However, the sheikh likes to build build build so I wouldnt mind a new terminal.

Why does the airport sell alcohol in the Dutyfree shops? IF the income is tainted, why would Qatar dable in it? What happens if someone buys alcohol from Dutyfree and flies to another dry country like Pakistan? Does Qatar Airways dry?

I dont know what will happen to the current terminal though.

Does anyone know where the rescreening checkpoint will be for the transit passengers?
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srbrenna
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RE: Doha's New Airport - Welcome To Hong Kong?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 5:30 am

My parents have lived in Doha for 14 years. It is a rapidly expanding city and that is still going apace.

I was over in Doha about 3 weeks ago as well and heard that the old terminal would be used for short haul flights for Gulf air, Emirates etc but can't really confirm that. They are also building 2 extra runways to accomodate the A380s that Qatar Airways have ordered so if you squeeze then in between the old and new terminals then I suppose 4km isn't that far. The old terminal has been modernised considerably but you still have to get a bus from your plane to it for all arrivals.

Qatar does sell duty free alcohol to outgoing passengers but you are still not allowed to bring it in. If you know you are going to a muslim country that does not permit you to bring alcohol into the country then I suppose it is your risk. Customs in Qatar are pretty sharp at spotting this and will confiscate it. Qatar used to be dryish - you had to be non-muslim and have a work permit to get an allowance to buy a small amount of booze but this has all changed now and you will find bars at all the hotels much like in the UAE. They are commited to modernisation and realise that drinking is acceptable in the West but as with all muslim countries they do expect you to show respect and if you are caught drunk then you will be dealt with up to having your work permit revoked (and therefore losing your job in the bargain)
 
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RE: Doha's New Airport - Welcome To Hong Kong?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 5:32 am

An amazing architecture indeed; congratulations to Qatar... I can't wait to see it opening in 4 year-time!
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