The small emirate of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf always thinks big: whether planning the football World Cup in the desert or spectacular construction projects, the unconventional and self-confident desert state regularly oversteps traditional boundaries. And this is also the case for its new airport, Hamad International Airport (HIA) in the capital city Doha, which was opened for passengers after a decade of pioneering design, engineering and construction work. Once all work has been completed, up to 50 million passengers and 2.5 million tonnes of freight are to be processed here every year. In terms of its dimensions and standards, too, the airport of superlatives also breaks new ground. The strategically important location between east and west makes it an important international hub – two thirds of the world population can reach the airport in less than eight hours. In order to convey the country’s culture, which is equally oriented towards the future and tradition, the HIA places emphasis on an extraordinary design, maximum efficiency when handling passengers and freight, a luxurious atmosphere and sustainability. The sophisticated concept of the HOK architects (Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum) from San Francisco is underlined in the main hall of the duty-free area and in hall C of the main terminal by four large-scale MEDIAMESH® screens made of stainless steel fabric with integrated LED profiles, which were developed and produced by GKD – GEBR. KUFFERATH AG in Düren, Germany.
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