Doha's new airport welcomes inaugural flight and works of art
A new era begins for the city
Qatar's new Hamad International Airport – which launched today with its inaugural Fly Dubai flight FZ015 from Dubai – is also a place where visitors will see a range of artwork inside the facility, commissioned from local and international artists.
The numerous public art installations are the work of the Qatar Museums Authority, which collaborated with the airport's steering committee over the past five years to bring several international pieces to Qatar...
Among the most noticeable pieces on display are 'Lamp Bear' by Swiss artist Urs Fischer and 'Desert Horse Sculpture' by Qatari artist Ali Hassan.
Other pieces will be added to the airport in the coming years, including from artist Adel Adessemed, Damien Hirst – no stranger to showing in the city – Dia Azzawi and Jenny Holzer.
"In Qatar, culture is at the heart of its human and national development - and there is no better place to creatively welcome visitors and residents than the airport itself. Through this partnership, the NDIA Steering Committee and QMA brings a cultural experience from landing in Hamad International Airport, facilitating access to Qatar's cultural landmarks in the city. We look forward to continuing this collaboration, bringing more art to our community." Stated the Qatar Museums Authority.
Work from local artists will be also be featured at Hamad International Airport, including winners of a 2012 photography competition. Mohammad Al Misnad, Hussein Mohammad Al Shafei, Sarah Abd Al Majed and Arioseto Kusuma Adi will see their pictures permanently displayed in the departure hall.