Hamad International Airport (HIA) appears to be riding the coat-tails of Singapore Changi Airport, with the Middle East travel hub announcing plans for an indoor tropical garden and a massive water feature.
HIA revealed its second expansion phase will feature a 10,000 square-metre indoor garden in a central concourse as well as a 268 square-metre water feature as a focal point. In April, Changi Airport opened a four-storey water feature dubbed ‘Jewel’.
The second phase of HIA’s expansion consists of Phase A and B. Phase A of the current expansion will comprise the central concourse linking concourses D and E. Construction is to commence by early 2020 and will increase the airport’s capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022. Phase B, which will be completed after 2022, will extend concourses D and E to further enhance the airport’s capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually.
The expansion plan also includes 11,720 square-metres of landscaped retail and F&B space, which will house a world-class art collection and refreshing environment of lush greenery with leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal. HIA will also deliver 9,000 square metres of world-class Al Mourjan lounge, which will include additional spas, gymnasiums, restaurants and business centres as well as other passenger facilities.
“The expansion of Hamad International Airport is a vital part of the future success of the Qatar Airways Group, and of course of the country’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and beyond,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said. “It is also a strong sign that Qatar’s economy is robust and acts as a further economic stimulus, providing excellent opportunities for local and international contractors.”
Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said, “Our expansion has been designed to seamlessly integrate with the existing terminal, allowing smooth passenger flow and improving the overall passenger experience by minimising travel distances for connections and providing clarity and intuitive wayfinding. Our ultimate aim at HIA is to become a destination in our own right, not just a gateway”.
The terminal building will be the first airport in the MENA region to achieve a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) rating. The terminal will also be a LEED Silver certified building with innovative measures of energy efficiency across the entire building.
Lead image: Hamad International Airport’s Garden