Man-made land for Doha airport project

Tendering process starts now; construction starts in 2005 and flying starts in 2008

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 27, 2003

Half of the land for the new Doha airport is to be reclaimed from the sea. The decision sees Doha join a list, including Chek Lap Kok in Hong Kong and Incheon in South Korea, of airports that have used man-made land. Unveiling the masterplan in London last week, Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Doha International Airport and Qatar Airways, said: “The new Doha International Airport will be designed to be one of the best airports in the world. For a visitor, the first point of contact with Qatar is generally the airport — and it is our driving priority to ensure that the best-ever facilities will welcome first-time and return visitors.” Designed by Bechtel, the project is expected to cost in excess of US $2 billion and is will of the first airports to be designed specifically for the Airbus A380-800 — the world’s largest passenger aircraft and will have the capacity to handle and process nearly 12 million passengers every year. “Detailed design work on the Doha International Airport will continue throughout 2004 and 2005, as the site is reclaimed and prepared,” Al Baker said. Actual construction is set to begin in 2005 with phase one slated for completion in 2008. During this phase two parallel runways will be constructed: one 4,850m runway capable of taking a fully laden A380-800, the other a 4,250m runway. Initially the 130 000 m2 three-storey Terminal building will have 24 contact gates capable of accommodating six A380-800 Super Jumbos when fully developed. The 2200 hectare site, 50% of which will be built on reclaimed land, will also include three high-star classification hotels for the convenience of visitors. Other works will include: multi-storey parking facilities, an Emiri (Royal) Terminal complex for VIP flights, over 25 000 m2 of retail space, an aircraft maintenance centre and general hangars, a cargo facility with a capacity of 750 000 tonnes per annum, a courier and mail facility, a free trade zone and business park; A new Qatar Airways’ Headquarters building, training facilities, and three surrounding road interchanges. The subsequent phases will include: the addition of more gates, the extension of the terminal building, another 100 room hotel, and the construction of a suspended monorail to transport passengers through the terminal. The airport is expected to be operational upon the completion of phase one in 2008. The final phase will be complete by 2015.

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