Hamad International Airport is the main airport serving Doha, the capital city of Qatar. It is both the international hub for this region and will be the main access point for arrivals and departures during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The airport was opened on 30th April 2014 with a flight operated by the national carrier Qatar Airways. The airline formally relocated from the former Doha International Airport to the new Hamad International Airport in May 2014.
The airport has an oasis theme; with a water motif on a number of the buildings, wave-styled roofs, and desert plants growing in reclaimed water. Terminal One has five concourses, with a second terminal envisaged to cater for the anticipated passenger numbers during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
A special feature of the airport is the presence of a modern unnamed sculpture created by the Swiss artist Urs Fischer, which is located in the grand foyer of the duty-free shopping area. Unofficially known as Lamp Bear, it is a giant bronze statue of a teddy bear with its head in a lamp standing at seven meters tall and weighing approximately twenty tons.
The construction of the airport began in 2005 on an area covering 5,500 acres (about 2,200 hectares), located in close proximity to the former Doha International Airport. Designed for a predicted increase in traffic volumes, the airport is expected to handle up to 93 million passengers per year, making it the second airport by number of passengers in the region after Dubai International Airport. It will be also able to handle 320,000 aircraft movements and 2 million tons of cargo annually. Several expansions are expected in the check-in and retail areas and, in the future, the airport could cover an area equal to two-thirds the size of Doha city. In addition, the Doha Metro will be extended to the airport in time for the 2022 World Cup.
In March 2013, Fila was approached and appointed by Hamad International Airport’s Project General Contractor, Permasteelisa S.p.A., to execute a turnkey pre-treatment, protection, and the cleaning of a total of 27.000 sq. metres of interior stone surfaces in the airport. At that time, Permasteelisa S.p.A. and Fila had already worked in partnership in 2009 on the protection and cleaning of the Garibaldi Complex (also known as Torri Garibaldi). This complex, located over the Garibaldi Railway Station in Milan, was originally completed in 1992 and underwent a complete restoration between 2008 and 2012.
To meet the requests of the commissioner, Fila carried out a series of laboratory tests in order to determine the ideal solution for each of the 17 stone samples for every intended use (walling, flooring, fountain, and pool surfaces etc.) using Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) free products. The analysis took into consideration not only the material but also the final usage: for example, a dedicated study was carried out on the stone, which was to be part of a pool surface and under a waterfall.
After a three-month research period including absorption tests and pre-treatment tests, Fila created a special range of products specific to each kind of stone surface and chose to employ a number of existing products for the protection of surfaces, including PW10 and MP90 ECOPLUS, and PS 87 FILA CLEANER for surface cleaning.
Starting in June 2013, every stone of each surface of Hamad international Airport was protected and waterproofed on each side during the pretreatment stage, then installed, cleaned and with a final waterproofing treatment.
This delicate process required specific know-how. Fila was not only put in charge of supplying the treatment products but also carrying out on-site consultancy for each phase of the entire process and training the local team of workers. Italian masters specialized in stone treatment and installation were selected by Fila and travelled to Doha in order to carry out training for the correct protection and installation of surfaces, and training the maintenance and cleaning team.
A second phase of the operation took place in February 2014 and some final touches were requested by the developer in November 2014.
The assignment of this Hamad International Airport project confirms Fila’s expertise and competence in a full service management of a prestigious and extremely complex job like this, by providing solutions and on site assistance meeting the developer’s expectations.
When in Doha Hamad International Airport, either for the 2022 World Cup games or transferring to another flight, every time you see your image reflected in the bright stone, remember that this is possible thanks to Fila know-how. Fila is a company specialized in the care of every kind of surface: its approach always has the same degree of dedication, whether it is working on large and famous buildings or architectural works and even when involved in smaller projects, Fila always dedicates the same high degree of care and attention.