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A Dazzling New Hub
in the Middle East

Hamad International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex
Doha, Qatar

“Doha’s International Airport is arguably the most architecturally significant terminal complex in the world, as well as being the most luxurious.”

Wallpaper Magazine

The design of the passenger terminal complex at Qatar’s new airport celebrates form, surface and light while providing a highly efficient yet inspirational experience for travelers.

As the landmark home for Qatar Airways, the country’s national airline, the terminal has 41 unrestricted contact gates.

Through expressive architecture rooted in place, the iconic terminal creates a lasting impression on guests. While contemporary in design to mirror Qatar’s progressive growth, the airport pays homage to the nation’s rich cultural heritage and natural environment. The dramatic, curving building silhouette recalls ocean waves and sand dunes to project a powerful image as Qatar’s gateway to the world.

Departing passengers experience an undulating super roof in the light-filled departure hall. The steel-framed glass wall provides unobstructed views from the curbside arrival area through the ticketing hall, enabling passengers to easily find their destinations. The longer east and west facades have similar high-performance glass that controls solar heat gain and glare. Moving through an open immigration area, originating passengers join transfer passengers on the first floor under a vast central skylight that provides visual access to one of five concourses. The two large transfer hubs are linked by an automatic people mover.

Arriving passengers progress to the ground-floor baggage hall and exit to a triple-volume meeters and greeters hall with direct access to taxi pavilions and an intermodal transportation hub.

A vast wood ceiling in the longest concourse provides visual warmth that contrasts with the sleek metal and glass surfaces. In other concourses, vaulted metal ceilings mimic the undulating roof line. Glass envelops the spacious hold rooms, quiet rooms, passenger activity nodes and 17 airline lounges. Skylights and interconnecting glass ceiling “zippers” provide natural light and dramatic evening desert views.

A deliberate lack of ornamentation provides passengers with an intrinsic understanding of movement and spatial function within the terminal. The team selected materials for their longevity, sustainability and local significance. Graceful structural arches are left unadorned, and the vast floor surface is a combination of terrazzo in high-circulation areas and carpet in ancillary spaces.

South of the passenger terminal, a public mosque serves as the symbolic heart of the airport. Its domed prayer hall and slender minaret are visible from the entrance road. The structures are set within a stone-paved plaza dotted with fountain jets representing the purifying role of water.

Guest amenities include two hotels, ample duty free shopping, and a spa and health club. An extensive public art program features local and international artists’ work throughout the terminal.


6.46 million sq. ft. / 600,000 sq. m. 
41 contact gates
20 remote-stand gates


Facility Programming
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
  Fire Protection Engineering


SkytraxFive-Star Airport

Architizer A+ Awards, Popular Choice Winner – Transportation (Airport)

Future Travel Experience Asia – Best Airport Award

Skytrax – Best Airport in the Middle East

Skytrax – World’s Best Airport Award (30-40 million passengers per year) 

CG/LA Infrastructure – Strategic Project of the Year

34.5 million

Number of passengers the airport accommodated in 2018



29 March 2019
“Doha Hamad and Centrair Nagoya Rank Among World’s Best Airports”
HOK News

27 March 2018
“Qatar’s Hamad International: World’s Most Luxurious?”
CNN Money

11 April 2017
“Three Years Out of the Gate, Hamad International Airport Soars to New Heights”
Asia-Pacific Airports Magazine

15 March 2017
“Are These the World’s Best Airports?”
Conde Nast Traveler

5 January 2017
“HIA Classified as Sixth Airport in the World to Achieve Five-Star Status”
Doha Hamad Airport News

11 December 2016
“HIA Announces Long-Term Commitment to Tackle Climate Change and Reduce Carbon Emissions”
Doha Hamad Airport News

20 October 2016
“HIA Named Third Best Airport by Conde Nast”
The Peninsula

16 June 2016
“World’s Coolest Airports Prove Travel Really Is About the Journey”
Huffington Post Travel Canada

1 April 2016
“HOK Designs Monumental New Airport for Doha”
Mark Magazine

24 March 2016
“Skytrax Ranks Hamad International Airport as the World’s Best in 2016 Awards”
HOK News

22 November 2015
“Hamad International Airport Wins Future Travel Experience Best Airport Award”
Construction Week Online

6 November 2015
“Building Blocks: The Most Striking Structures Around the Globe”