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New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:41 pm

The New Doha International Airport, will recieve its first passengers April 1. It has been renamed to Hamad International Airport, after His Highness the Amir of Qatar.

Please note that only those airlines that do NOT require lounge access will be the first to use it; which means Low Cost Carriers and others. National carrier Qatar Airways will not use it by April; but will wait until all the lounges are fitted.

A bit of a background:

The German-UAE Contractor who was doing the lounges at the new DOH got fired, and replaced with another--which brings in a new series of delays. A replacement Italian Contractor is working on the lounges and will finish gradually from June to September. So, QR will move there perhaps in September.

Clearly the airport below is almost complete (in fact its 99% complete) and looks indeed one of the world's best!

Enjoy these pictures fome flikr




Parking


The Mosque


Main Interface

Main Entrance and Lobby






Duty Free area




Passport control



Gate area














First Class Spa


Baggage Area


Emiri Terminal


Air Traffic Control Tower


Qatar Airways Lounge




Souces: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/new-d...-passengers-on-april-1-485654.html and Flickr.com
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:52 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
Enjoy these pictures fome flikr

Thank you for the pictures. It looks beautiful.  

Somehow though these pictures look familiar.  .

On www.skyscrapercity.com, the worlds largest architecture and construction internet forum there is a thread in the internation section about the construction of this airport. And many other airports in different threads.

See for the latest page: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=452143&page=18
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:16 pm

Cannot wait to flying through there, looks great!
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:22 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
The Mosque

Do we know about interior arrangements? A glass dome like that in Qatar is going to cook any worshippers inside unless something is done to provide interior shade.
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:25 pm

So QR finally get's a real airport as home base which is in par with the competition!

Looks stunning but I think the corridors in the gate area are a little narrow to let the big stream of passengers passing through during rush hours...

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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:42 pm

hopefully this means QR will start new destinations such as SFO and LAX  
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:50 pm

Looks like a fantastic facility. Can someone please send a link to the Herren Woworeit and Platzeck in Berlin???
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:16 pm

Welcome to Terminal 5 Heathrow. Sorry...I meant the new terminall at Doha.

All that time to produce this?
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:23 pm

How many runways does the new airport have? What is the configuration? What are their length's?
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:23 pm

The ICAO-Code of Doha New International is OTHH. The currenct airport has ICAO-Code OTBD and IATA-Code DOH. What will be the IATA-Code for OTHH? Also DOH?
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:29 pm

That first class spa looks AMAZING. When I fly out of there, I'm heading over 5-6 hours before my flight!  
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:29 pm

Thanks for the pics. It is quite nice to see such a sober and elegant interior (at least from the pictures), instead of some bling-bling shinny structure with palms all around like other major regional airports  .

Quoting viasa (Reply 9):

I guess so, DOH is very recognizable for DOHa. BKK had the same shift when they opened the new airport.
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:37 pm

This new airport looks amazing
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:52 pm

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 1):

Yeah im the moderator at SSC
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):

No worshippers will be cooked there I assure you. The glass is thermal protected.

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 8):

2 runways. 4900m and 4200m.
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:10 pm

Hi !

The new airport looks very very nice and absolutely amazing when compared to the current DOH terminal. Hope to visit the new airport soon.

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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:27 pm

Quoting babybus (Reply 7):
Welcome to Terminal 5 Heathrow. Sorry...I meant the new terminall at Doha.

No comparison.... T5 is horrendous... especially at peak times. It has too much space landside (checkin) and feels cramoed when you are airside (gates).
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:51 pm

At long last...it looks fantastic. The current airport was overcrowded when I was there 5 years ago...I can't imagine how it is now.
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:35 am

First, congrats to the new DOH airport!   

That first class spa looks gorgeous.

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):

The New Doha International Airport, will recieve its first passengers April 1.

Couldn't they have picked a better opening date? With all of the troubles this airport has been through, opening on April Fools day is asking for a roasting.

Come on, am I the really the only a.nutter already planning how to have fun with made up stuff on the opening date?  

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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:36 am

Quoting flyingfool (Reply 4):
So QR finally get's a real airport as home base which is in par with the competition!

Not so fast. Seems NDIA for QR is targeted for December 2013.

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 8):
How many runways does the new airport have? What is the configuration? What are their length's?

Google Maps shows 2 runways parallel to existing runway.

Quoting viasa (Reply 9):

The ICAO-Code of Doha New International is OTHH. The currenct airport has ICAO-Code OTBD and IATA-Code DOH. What will be the IATA-Code for OTHH? Also DOH?

This would be interesting as OTBD will still be operating, unless they create a taxiway between runway at OTHH and OTDB.

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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:00 am

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 8):
How many runways does the new airport have? What is the configuration? What are their length's?

Wikipedia is saying that it will have 2 runways so far with the first being 5500 meters and the second being 4900 meters...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamad_International_Airport#Runways
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:53 pm

Very, very stylish, well done Qatar!
Much better than the vulgar, nouveau-riche DXB-Syle.
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:04 pm

An absolutely brilliant airport. DXB is so crowded these days you can't get near the duty free.This one looks so empty  
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:19 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 13):
Yeah im the moderator at SSC!

Any chance of getting me unbanned  
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:16 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 22):

Any chance of getting me unbanned

Well I can only ban people; not unban them. What was your username? PM me.

Quoting aarbee (Reply 18):
Seems NDIA for QR is targeted for December 2013.

Perhaps earlier in September.

I heard 12 to 13 airlines will shift to NDIA by April; I assume there will be a temporary lounge for those non-QR O&D carriers. That will free up to 20% of the current airport capacity for QR 2013 expansion. QR can also take over Terminal B at this present airport to expand a bit the check-in areas.
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:17 am

I just read this article: http://www.ameinfo.com/qatars-airport-april-1-326754

Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) has announced the first phase of the country's new Hamad International Airport is to be officially opened on April 1, Arabian Aerospace has reported. The first phase of the $15.5bn project involves 12 international passenger airlines becoming the launch carriers of the new facility, including low-cost airlines.

So, which airlines will be the launch customers for this airport?

BTW. how far is this airport from the old DOHA Airport located?
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:01 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 24):
So, which airlines will be the launch customers for this airport?

it will be low cost and non affiliated airlines. FlyDubai Air Arabia Bahrain Air MEA PIA ect...

Quoting debonair (Reply 24):

its 2 km to the east. You can see it,from the current airport
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:13 pm

Here is a comparison I made of Hamad, Hong Kong, Dubai, and the current Airport (which looks smaller than the parking structure of the new Airport!)

http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/5469/airportcomparisons.jpg

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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:41 pm

Great pictures. I read more about the airport on wikipedia but I wasn't clear:

When this project is fully done, will this replace the old (current) airport? What will happen to that?

Why did they build it with only 2 runways? It sounds like they are projecting a lot of growth. Was a provision made for a 3rd runway?
 
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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:34 pm

I seem to be the only one amused by the April 1st opening day...

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 26):
and the current Airport (which looks smaller than the parking structure of the new Airport!)

Are those photos to scale? They seem to be (roughly) except for the old airport seems to be at a smaller scale. But even if at the same scale you make a good point how much larger the new airport is.

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RE: New Doha Airport To Open April 1 (pics)

Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:20 pm

Looks like an ambitious project. Hope we don't forget to send our thanks to those who built it - most likely immigrant workers from Asian developing countries.
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