Qatar Completes the First Phase of the Expansion of Hamad Airport

The Qatari government will begin construction on Phase B of the HIA enlargement as soon as Phase A is complete.

The first stage of Hamad International Airport's expansion project, which will see the opening of a second airport hotel and the indoor tropical garden known as "Orchard," has been completed.

The Qatari government will begin construction on Phase B of the HIA expansion early next year, which when finished will increase the airport's capacity to well over 70 million passengers. Phase A of the HIA development is currently complete and operational.

"Our growth plan will see us welcome over 58 million passengers annually — delivering global travelers the greatest services the industry has to offer," Chief Operating Officer Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer said in reference to the expansion work.

The ultimate destination for passengers has been created, he claimed, with the growth of our facilities and services.

The Orchard, an indoor tropical garden with a lovely water feature, will serve as the center of attention for guests at HIA. More than 300 trees and more than 25,000 plants will be present, all of which were gathered from sustainable forests located all over the world.

"HIA continues to dazzle with its innovative strategy, execution, and investment," said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group, "increasing its position as the preferred hub for global travelers and reinforcing its position among the top leaders of this industry."

"In addition to enhancing people's experiences, the opening of our newly expanded terminal further connects the growing number of travelers to every part of the globe, proudly showcasing the State of Qatar's rich culture and reputation, he said.

"The recently unveiled Orchard, a tropical garden at the heart of the terminal extension, offers a glimpse into HIA's goals and futuristic vision.

"The Oryx Garden Hotel, the second airport hotel inside its transfer area, has opened as part of the overall expansion for HIA. The 100-room hotel, which is situated in the north plaza and emphasizes sustainability, has rooms that range from king to twin beds as well as suites that are conveniently close to the boarding gates "Added he.