New Doha airport set to create 50,000 jobs

Aviation authority chairman says first and second phases of airport to open by end-2011.

NEW HOME: Qatar Airways will make the new Doha International Airport its new base for its fleet, including its A380s.

NEW HOME: Qatar Airways will make the new Doha International Airport its new base for its fleet, including its A380s.

Some 50,000 jobs will be created when all the three phases of the $14bn New Doha International Airport (NDIA) are complete, it was reported on Wednesday.

When fully operational, the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity will reach 50 million and large numbers of jobs will be created, a senior aviation official said.

In an interview with a Qatar Arabic daily - cited by The Peninsula - Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCA), said: “Studies conducted by us reveal that when all the three phases of the NDIA are ready, 50,000 jobs will be created."

He said the first and second phases of the NDIA will be opened by the end of 2011 and the airport’s initial passenger handling capacity will be 25 million.

He said the airport will be surrounded by five artificial islands and will have as many as 175 check-in counters.

It will be one of the first airports to be designed with the new Airbus A380 in mind and will be the new base for the Qatar Airways fleet.

Qatar is vying with Abu Dhabi and Dubai to become the Gulf's transit hub with all three boosting airport capacity.

Its flagship airline Qatar Airways, which has a fleet of almost 70 planes, has been expanding rapidly.

The carrier hopes to add 42 planes in four years and has orders for more than 220 planes, worth $40bn.

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Posted by: Dobadodu

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Posted by: Bharath Syam.S

healthy competetion between qatar and Dubai...
i am with qatar...
And i am proud of myself being a part of NDIA project.
all wait untill the grand opening of this new world class terminal equipped with top class technologies..
like special BHS system, Building managment system is one of the top...
I started thinking i can work here after the completion... but dont know the right recruting agency. I think it will be qatar airways directly...
Hope for the best..

Bharath Syam.S
"If you cannot do great things, Do small thins in a great way"

Posted by: KKP

I do not believe the airport will open soon. Construction is going on and will take another 12 months easily. You will be stuck with the messy existing overcrowded airport until further notice....

Posted by: Dont hate me

I came to Qatar in 2002 and they had just started building the "airport". It's now 2012 and they are still building the "airport". in the same amount of time Dubai has build 3 terminals from scratch and another airport in Jebel Ali. Good Luck Qatar!

Posted by: Lionheart

@ Lee ,

Correct in every word , this airport will be head and shoulders with what's already on offer , i've done quite a bit of work for this project and it's a grade one development and i've worked on T5 , JXB , DXB and Chep Lak Kok.
It really doesn't need to be that advanced to be honest but other commentators are correct in saying that it will not be opened on time , i envisage another 18months of work and then continued development of the area with Hotels , Freezones and commercial.
Building something this size from scratch takes an awful lot of time when done correctly.

Posted by: Qatar is not Dubai

Hi Lee,
Hate to disagree with you, while the original terminal buildings are actually more than 30 years old built in 1959, terminal one as you know is was built in late 1999 or early 2000, terminal 2 was completed in 1998 and terminal 3 (the emirates terminal) was also completed in record time 2008 (despite a delay of 2 years they completed it in 4 years). All "Dont hate me" is saying is..given the time taken to complete one airport (albeit large) and the lack of other progress in the rest of the country as far as infrastructure Qatar will have a tough time in my opinion to stage the 2022 FIFA World cup championship and now they are bidding for the Olympics in 2020.....! That is going to be tough on a country that has yet to lay a new road in preparation for all these events.

Posted by: lee

As much as i hate to defend Qatar this is a bit unfair....for a start Dubai has not built three terminals in that time; there are only three terminals in total and one of them was built 30 years ago. Only one new terminal has been completed and the extension to that is still on go-slow 6 years after they started as they cant pay the bills. The new airport at Jebel Ali has become little more than a cargo center for the same reason.

The airport in Doha is being built from scratch unlike the extensions being done in Dubai. They spent the initial years reclaiming land from the sea on a scale bigger than the palms (why they reclaimed land in country with an abundance of empty space is beyond me). The final product will be significantly better than anything else in the Middle East and is also implementing new technology never tried before anywhere in the world

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