HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT VOTED BEST FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE TIME
(Posted 14th December 2019)
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 recognizes airports across the world for outstanding performance in providing an exceptional experience to travellers.
The 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.
Commenting on the award, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, stated: “We are privileged to win the “Best Airport in the Middle East award by Global Traveler for the third consecutive year. HIA is a diverse lifestyle destination putting the passengers at the heart of the airport strategy. From our world-class art collection to contemporary shopping and dining options to endless entertainment and relaxation facilities, every corner of our expansive terminal offers pleasant surprises and an eclectic experience to our passengers. 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 meters. 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 and be intrigued by, 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 its airport 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 among other leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal. The expansion plan design will allow passenger flow to seamlessly tie-up with the existing terminal and at the same time, improve the overall passenger experience, including minimizing travel distances for connections, provide clarity and intuitive wayfinding and to provide a unique passenger experience through the lush rainforest & garden
Since 2004, Global Traveler is a well-known luxury publication in the United States, recognized globally with a high readership of frequent luxury business and leisure travelers informing passengers about five-star airports, airlines and hotels. Global Traveler’s yearly surveys are well-acknowledged in the industry and include the First and Business Class Survey and Leisure Lifestyle Awards amongst others.
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 this prestigious status. Currently holding the “Fourth-Best Airport in the World” and the “Best Airport in the Middle East” titles, HIA continuously works to improve all aspects of the passenger experience. The results of the Skytrax World Airport Awards will be announced in March 2020. Passengers can vote for HIA by visiting the Official Skytrax World Airport Survey website at: http://www.worldairportsurvey.com/Surveys/favorite_airport.html
Only two days ago did the airport also launch the Harrod’s Tea Experience, thought to be a major value addition to the services available at Hamad International Airport.