Qatar plans Hamad International Airport ‘township’

30 year project is hoped to enhance commercial and business activities in the country

Once expansion of the airport is complete, the first terminal will be handed over to be used exclusively by Qatar Airways.

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Qatar is working on a township to create an interface between Doha city and the new Hamad International Airport. The project, called Airport City, will be built on a  10sqkm area, and is targeted to be completed over a 30-year period.

It is hoped it will enhance commercial and business activities in the country and is expected to be completed by 2022.

The Airport City concept is “targeted at development of the transport hub of an airport and its surrounding airside and landside supporting functions,” said a spokesperson from Hamad International Airport on Sunday.

It will consist of a series of four circular districts, connected by a ‘Green Spine’ running parallel to Hamad International Airport’s second runway. The four zones will be the Business District, Aviation Campus, Logistics District and Residential District.

In the first 10 years of the 30-year plan substantial parts of the Business District and all of the Aviation Campus will be developed. “The project demonstrates Qatar’s tremendous potential and its unique approach to development, while also providing the flexibility required to support its inevitable future growth,” the HIA statement said.

Qatar already plans to have a second terminal at the new Hamad International Airport in time for the FIFA World Cup. It will dedicate the first terminal for the use of Qatar Airways.

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