Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, is situated on the coast of the Arabian Gulf.

It features two runways, maintenance hangars, a VIP terminal, a cargo terminal, and a passenger terminal with food and beverage, retail and other support facilities.

Hamad International Airport (HIA), the airport developer, announced an expansion plan for the airport in October 2019.

The project aims to expand the existing passenger terminal complex with more e-gates, new duty-free and passenger amenity areas, and remote transfer baggage facility. The terminal expansion will increase the annual passenger capacity of the airport from 24 million to 53 million by 2022.

HIA expects the expansion to result in a modern look and set new standards in passenger experience.

Hamad International Airport terminal expansion details

The Hamad International Airport terminal expansion project will add a 10,000m² indoor tropical garden in a new central concourse and a 268m² water feature, which will be the primary component of the project. An 11,720m² retail, food and beverages area will be created as part of the expansion.

The ceiling of the tropical garden will be designed with a long-span 85m grid shell roof. The column-free roof structure will integrate performance glass for controlling and filtering the light required by the trees.

Hamad International Airport’s terminal expansion has been designed to integrate the new facilities with the existing three-storey terminal building. The terminal expansion will be completed in two phases, namely Phase A and Phase B.

Phase A will involve the construction of a central concourse that will interlink concourses D and E. The construction of phase A will begin in 2020.

“Al Mourjan, a 9,000m² world-class lounge, will be constructed above the retail space.”

Phase B will extend the D and E concourses and increase the passenger capacity of the airport to more than 60 million passengers a year.

The new terminal building will be the first to obtain a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) rating. It will also implement innovative measures for energy efficiency to achieve LEED Silver certification.

The project will see the construction of a cargo terminal to increase the cargo handling capacity of the airport to 3.2 million tonnes per year. The new terminal will be an 85,000m² multi-level building with 323,000m² of gross floor area. It will help the operator to accommodate the anticipated surge in freight traffic.

An airport city with a free trade zone, a business complex, landscape area, hotels, and an office will also be developed as part of the expansion.

Other developments at HIA

Al Mourjan, a 9,000m² world-class lounge, will be constructed above the retail space. The lounge will offer facilities such as restaurants, business centres, spas, gyms, and other passenger amenities. It will offer extensive views of the tropical garden.

A new transfer area will be developed to reduce connection times for passengers while the central concourse will feature nine additional stands for wide-body aircraft.

The multi-dimensional user experience of the airport will be enhanced further with the integration of an exclusive art collection and a lush green botanical environment.

Contractors involved

US-based construction consulting firm Hill International was contracted to provide construction and project management services for the Hamad International Airport terminal expansion project, in May 2019.

Project management and engineering services company Meinhardt is responsible for providing the design and engineering services for the terminal expansion, and underground services tunnel, utilities, and a substructure to link the satellite terminal in future.

Global engineering and professional services provider WSP was selected to provide a detailed master plan for future expansion of the airside and landside facilities of the airport. It will deliver engineering, security, transport, and dedicated aviation planning and design services as part of the contract.