Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been voted as the â€œBest Airport in the Middle Eastâ€ at the Global Travelerâ€™s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles. The award recognises outstanding performance and customer service displayed by airports across the world.
HIA took the lead among top international airports including Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport ranking second and third respectively in the newest category for the best airport in the Middle East.
The 14th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards ceremony took place at The Peninsula, Beverly Hills on the 12th of December recognising HIAâ€™s efforts in delivering the highest standard of service to its passengers. Winners were chosen through an open-ended reader survey voted by global travellers. The Annual GT Tested Global Survey awards are sought after, highly respected and an unbiased reflection of the best in travel, established to recognise companies for their outstanding performance on an annual basis.
Commenting on the award, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, stated: â€œWe are honoured to receive the â€œBest Airport in the Middle Eastâ€ award, which recognises our state-of-the-art facilities and 5 star services. As we work hard towards our target to welcome 50 million passengers, HIA will continue to invest in cutting-edge innovative solutions and in creating the most memorable travel experience for our passengers.â€
Arts have also played a significant role in enhancing relations between the two countries. HIA, in collaboration with Qatar Museums, has been giving passengers the opportunity to engage with a selection of art pieces created by reputed American artists. Some of them include New York based artist Keith Haring, video artist Bill Viola and renowned art sculptor Tom Otternessâ€™s iconic series of interactive bronze sculptures spread throughout the activity nodes in the award winning airport terminal. HIA and Qatar Museums are also in the process of installing a new art piece called â€˜Small Lieâ€™ by KAWS, the well-known pop artist from New Jersey.
HIA is currently a candidate for the â€œBest Airport in the Worldâ€ 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 to achieve this prestigious status. Earlier this year, it was ranked Sixth Best Airport in the World by the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards, moving up four places from 2016.
Source: Qatar Tribune