Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been voted as the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the third consecutive year at the 16th Annual Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles. The award recognises airports across the world for providing exceptional experience to travellers.

Hamad AwardThe Global Traveler’s awards are highly sought after and respected as an unbiased reflection of the best in travel through an open-ended reader survey.

Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said they are privileged to have won the award for three consecutive years.

We thank Global Traveler for this outstanding recognition and our passengers for their continued support and confidence in HIA.’

HIA fosters a culture of hospitality across all operations, bringing a new dimension to travel through world-class shopping, dining and leisure experiences across 40,000 square metres. Travellers can shop many sought-after brands at more than 90 boutiques and enjoy a variety of culinary experiences in more than 30 cafes and restaurants.

Having the opportunity to relax at the conveniently located Oryx Airport Hotel, travellers can recharge at the five-star Vitality Wellbeing and Fitness Center where they can take a dip in the 25-metre swimming pool, play squash or get a reviving spa treatment tailored to their needs. Housing over 20 international art pieces for travellers to enjoy, HIA also regularly transforms into an innovative stage for different forms of art and hosts activities at the terminal for travellers to interact with and create memorable experiences.

HIA has also recently revealed its plans for expansion with a spectacular 10,000 sqm indoor tropical garden, a 268 sqm water feature as well as 11,720 sqm of landscaped retail and dining concepts under one expansive terminal. The expansion will allow passenger flow to seamlessly tie-up with the existing terminal and at the same time, improve the overall passenger experience, including minimising travel distances for connections, provide clarity and intuitive wayfinding and to provide a unique passenger experience through the lush rainforest and garden.

Since 2004, Global Traveler is a well-known luxury publication in the United States, recognised globally with high readership of frequent luxury business and leisure travellers. Its yearly surveys are well-acknowledged in the industry and include the First and Business Class Survey and Leisure Lifestyle Awards.

HIA is currently a candidate for the ‘Best Airport in the World’ award by Skytrax which also classified it as a five-star airport in 2017, making it one among only five other airports in the world and the only one in the Middle East to achieve the prestigious status. It currently holds the ‘Fourth-Best Airport in the World’ and the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ titles. The results of the Skytrax World Airport Awards will be announced in March 2020. Passengers can still vote for HIA by visiting the Official Skytrax World Airport Survey website.

For updates and more information about HIA, visit their website at dohahamadairport.com.