Monday, 7 March 2016

Qatar's New Hamad International Airport

Internationally, they're building modern temples to air travel, huge, ambitious airports that feel like gleaming hotels, shopping malls and museums. In the United States, cities creep along with outdated sheds.

A recent example of airport as country gateway is Qatar's beauty, Hamad International, located in Doha.

The main entry hall, the Grand Central Station of its time.

Check your email or wind down your kid at the playgrounds, doubling as high end sculpture.

There's artwork everywhere, especially arresting sculpture, fitting statements in a cavernous space. Great decision by the airport planners.

The demographics passing through? Marketing to the Chinese and people who can afford fancy cars.

The real reason for such a fancy airport? Home base for the expanding, host airline. Qatar, of course. Happy flying!

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