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Qatar Information Guide

Doha International Airport Qatar

It is the only airport in Qatar with three mosques, free Wi-fi connectivity, large duty-free area, and eateries, with a 15,000 ft. runway, the longest ever at a civil airport.

The current airport facility however will be replaced in 2011-12 when the first phase of New Doha International Airport comes online. The New Doha International Airport is just 4kms away from the existing facility, covering 5400 acres of area. This has been constructed to handle the huge influx of passengers into the region. At present, the airport handles about 4.2mn passengers a year, while the new airport can handle about 12.5mn passengers after first phase of construction.

The passengers travelling through first and business class on Qatar Airways are allowed to use new Premium Terminal, which offers amenities such as meeting rooms, secretarial services, child play area, nursery and games rooms. The Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold or silver members can access the amenities in their respective gold or silver lounges in the main terminal.

Several international restaurants and shops are scattered across the airport, apart from concierge services, playground and children entertainment.

As for transportation service, several local and international hotel brands offer free shuttle bus service to and from the airport. Limousine service is also available from the airport to Doha for reasonable charges. There are car rentals too at the Doha Qatar International Airport.

New Doha International Airport

Qatar is building a brand new airport namely New Doha International Airport (NDIA) as replacement to the existing facility, located at a distance of just 4kms from the existing facility.

The new airport, spans a 5400 acre area, and aims to handle passenger traffic of 12.5mn a year, following its first phase of construction this year. The entire development will be ready by 2015.

The airport, when completed, will be almost two-thirds the size of the city. During the process of construction, the old airport will be expanded and re-furbished at a cost of $140mn.

The first phase of construction of the new airport will offer two runways, three-storey terminal building, 40 contact gates, 350,000 sqm of floor space, 25000 sqm of retail space, seven remote gates and eight hardstand aircraft parking bays.

The cargo terminal will be centrally located with 15m clearance, one among 20 largest cargo terminals in the world. Several other amenities including a five-star luxury hotel, three-star transit hotel, automated storage and retrieval system, and cargo system with advanced amenities.

The roof structure will be so-designed (will be a wave-like structure), to make it a landmark structure in international aviation. The transparent façade of the terminal beneath the roof will emphasize roof’s curves. On completion, the terminal will have moving walkways to aid movement of passengers around the complex. It will also include a CO2 and heat occupancy sensors, smart building technology, so that the services can be tailored as per passenger numbers.

The second phase of construction will include another 16 contact gates, extension of terminal building to 416,000 sqm, a luxury hotel. The third phase will include another 40 contact gates, bringing the final total to 80.

The projected date for final completion is 2015. On completion, the New Doha International Airport can serve six A380-800 superjumbos simultaneously. It will also be the first purpose-built airport in the world to accommodate these aircrafts.

Qatar Airways

The National Carrier of the Arabian Gulf State of Qatar is the Qatar Airways. Since the airline was re-launched in 1997 under the leadership of our Chief Executive Officer Mr. Akbar Al Baker it became one of the fastest growing airlines. They claim to have made 'personal attention' & quality service their trademark. As a part of their service commitment they are expanding their route network to give their customers a better choice of destination.

At the end of 2003 they were flying to 49 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East. By the end of 2005, they claim to expand it to at least 60 destinations.

They are also offering travelers with more flights per week to their favorite destinations in "safe, new aircraft with the latest in-flight facilities".

In June 2003, Qatar Airways signed a US$5.1 billion agreement with Airbus for an additional 34 aircraft, which will allow them to fly with a fleet of 52 Airbus aircraft by the end of 2008. In 2004, they will take delivery of 12 new Airbus aircraft.

They have also signed a US$1.2 billion deal for two A380 super jumbos which will develop into the flagships of their fleet when they are delivered in early 2009.

Qatar Airways are also making a significant venture in their hub in Doha to offer their customers fast connections to anywhere across their growing network and give the travelers an unmatched airport experience.

With Qatar growing from strength to strength, economically and as a tourist destination, Doha International Airport is increasingly becoming a valuable hub.

Qatar is building a new state of the art airport, which they believe will set a benchmark for all the future airports. Phase one of the airport will open in 2008 at the cost of US$2.5 billion. The final phase will be complete in 2015.

The Qatar Airways Group consists of a number of branch companies that include:

Mission

  • Put safety first- maintaining highest standards of safety & security to protect the passengers.
  • Customer-focused service- providing hospitality & a service personalized to suit customer needs.
  • Committed to people- Employing dedicated staff, people who want to be part of a young and dynamic team, providing them with support and training to ensure their success & travelers’ pleasure!
  • Are culturally aware- Epitomizing the values and hospitality of Qatar home, whilst understanding and caring for people from varied cultures and backgrounds.
  • Are Financially strong - Growing the company assertively, so that its customers can delight themselves on choosing to fly Qatar Airways

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