Hamad International Airport continues to be a destination within itself in Qatar. In collaboration with Qatar Museums, HIA welcomed a group of 27 art lovers as part of QMâ€™s Cultural Pass Programme, held in significant attractions around the country. Tour participants were introduced to the unique collection of artworks throughout the terminal and learned about the newest art installations to join HIAâ€™s Art Programme, which are â€œSmall Lieâ€, by American artist and designer KAWS and â€œCosmosâ€ by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.
Small Lieâ€™s inspiration came from the artistâ€™s relationship to wooden toys growing up. This wooden marionette is made from Afrormosia wood, weighs 15 tonnes and stands at 32 feet tall. Cosmos is inspired from an artefact located in the collection at the Museum of Islamic Art. This intricate gold globe installation symbolizes the path of travellers around the world. Both artworks are located in HIA North Node, near concourses E and D.
HIA currently has more than 20 permanent pieces displayed in different locations across the airportâ€™s airside and landside to cater to passengers and guests. Art lovers will enjoy a diversified portfolio of artworks that includes paintings, sculpture, wood art, electronics and interactive installations.
HIA is also home for a local art collection produced by regional and Qatar-based artists that showcases a multi-disciplinary approach using calligraphy, photography, sculpture, and graffiti amongst other techniques.Â Local artists include Mohamed Al-Jaida, Mubarak al-Malik, Amal Al-Atham, and Yousef Ahmed and Qatari artist Faraj Daham, who was commissioned to create large-scale murals, whilst artist Ali Hassan produced a desert horse sculpture.
HIA works closely with Qatar Museums to continuously grow its art collection and to bring creative local, regional and global acclaimed artists to diversify the existing collection.
Members of the Cultural Pass who joined this latest edition of the tour also got a chance to experience some of the summer activities that HIA is hosting across the terminal as part of summer in Qatar programme. Activities around the airport include cultural excursions, live performances, kidsâ€™ zone and a wide range of activities throughout the summer season, which gives traveling passengers a chance to experience Qatarâ€™s rich hospitality and culture.
HIA, the gateway to Qatar and to the World.
Positioned at the edge of the Arabian Gulf, Hamad International Airportâ€™s tranquil waterside setting provides a perfect backdrop for its stylish architectural elements, underpinned by advanced airport systems in line with its â€˜Smart Airportâ€™ vision. Operating 24/7, the airport features two runways, a state-of-the-art air traffic control tower and currently processes 30 million passengers per year and 360,000 aircraft per year. With over 40,000 square meters of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, unmatched spa facilities and a collection of unique art pieces from internationally acclaimed artists, HIA is a destination on its own, designed for the modern traveler.
Qatar Airways, Qatar Duty Free and Hamad International Airport will jointly host the world’s most influential airport commercial revenues conference, The Trinity Forum. The conference, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific, will take place in Doha from 30-31 October 2019.
HIA is a five-star airport by Skytrax and ranked Fourth Best Airport in the World by the 2019 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
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