Hamad International Airport information
Hamad International Airport - also known as New Doha International Airport - is the primary airport serving the city of Doha, capital of Qatar. Hamad International took 10 years and billions of dollars to build and is widely considered the best airport in the Middle East today. The airport compound covers an area of over 2,000 hectares, and houses numerous art installations, 2 hotels, a mosque, exercise courts and over 50 high-end retail outlets, amongst a plethora of other facilities.
Flights to Hamad International Airport
Hamad International Airport is the hub base of Qatar Airways, which flies directly to and from Singapore. Other international airlines that fly to Hamad International Airport include Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Hamad Airport is also one of the few air transport hubs in existence which offers flights to all 6 of the planet’s inhabited continents.
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Hamad International Airport is located around 20 kilometres from central Doha. To get from the airport to the city, travellers can take a bus from the Bus Pavilion located outside the Arrivals hall of the passenger terminal, where buses to Doha’s city centre as well as major attractions like the Souq Waqif and Doha Corniche can be boarded. Do note that you will have to buy a Karwa Smartcard at the Mowasalat Information Desk near Baggage Claim Belt 5 & 6 before boarding. A one-time QR10 card will cost SGD$4.18 and is valid for 2 trips within 24 hours.
What to see and do
Pay a visit to the city’s iconic Doha Corniche. Though the Middle East is known more for its endless stretches of arid, unforgiving desert, the Doha Corniche is located on the eastern coast of the Qatar Peninsula and faces out into the deep blue water of the Persian Gulf. This 7-kilometres waterfront promenade is a lovely, breezy picnic spot as well as a popular route for joggers and walkers.
Once you’re done with the Corniche, go on over to the famous Souq Waqif, or standing market. An open-air bazaar, the Souq is a hip, happening place selling everything you can think of from spices, garments and handicrafts. Founded over a century ago, the Souk was recently renovated in 2006 to preserve the traditional Qatari architecture.
Lastly, visit The Pearl-Qatar, a sprawling man-made island over 4,000,000m2 large. Built on one of Qatar’s major pearl diving sites, the $15 billion project will resemble a string of pearls as an appreciation of the country’s history.
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