Hamad International Airport is a major airport serving Doha, the capital of Qatar. Formerly known as New Doha International Airport, Hamad Airport replaces the old Doha International Airport across the expressway. It was designed to manage the growing passenger traffic at Doha Airport, and its check-in and retail belts are expected to be more than 10 times larger than those at the existing airport.
Upon completion, Hamad Airport is estimated to be the second-largest airport in the region. Interestingly, the airport is themed after an oasis, with the buildings having wave-styled roofs and desert plants growing in recycled water.
It currently has one operating terminal, and works on its second terminal are ongoing. Terminal 1 receives all flights to and from Hamad Airport, with destinations covering New York, Moscow, Stockholm, Paris, London, Zurich, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, and Singapore. All areas of the existing terminal are accessible by foot.
The Arrival gates are located on Level 2 of the terminal, and Arrival exits are located on the ground floor (Level G), as are baggage reclaim services. Departure gates are on Level 1, with check-in services on Level 2. The car park is situated on Level 1 of the Departures area.
Services and Facilities
Hamad Airport boasts a large collection of duty-free shops in its main passenger area, covering cosmetics to liquor and tobacco. Luxury boutiques and electronics also fill the halls here, for passengers longing for some retail therapy. There is also a food court peppered with local grub, intercontinental cuisine, and some internationally-known names if you’re looking for a bite before you fly.
Lounges are accessible from here for those who need a rest, and a kids’ play area and prayer room are also located here. Further down along the departure gates, the halls are lined with more shops and cafes.
There are also prayer rooms situated on Departure Level 1 by the departure gates. The mall area has an ATM and a pharmacy for non-emergency medical needs. Outside of security, an ATM is located at the Arrival area of Level G.