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Security relaxed at Hamad International Airport

After a month of heightened security, guards have begun allowing many non-travelers back into Hamad International Airport (HIA).

During the Eid Al Fitr holidays and for weeks afterwards, only passengers were permitted inside the Arrivals and Departures terminals. However, things appeared to have returned to normal this week, and security guards told Doha News they were instructed to relax measures in August. Still, some visitors have said they continue to have trouble at departures.

Hamad International Airport art


Hamad International Airport art

Art that is meant to reflect Doha’s past, present and future is the focus of two new pieces of work that were added to Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) growing collection this week.

The new installations are due to the work of Qatar Museums, which has been working with HIA for years to bring several international pieces to the country.

Unlike most of the installations at the airport, these new ones feature the works of locals, including Desert Horse by renowned Qatari artist Ali Hassan and Al Koora by local charity organization Reach Out To Asia.

Traveling spirit

Qatari artist Ali Hassan, who already has two pieces on display at HIA, has created an 8X6m unconventional interpretation of a desert horse, represented by different forms of the Arabic letter “ن.”

The installation is meant to interpret the spirit of travel and signify how Bedouins roamed about in history, QM said in a statement.

Previous desert horse sculpture by Ali Hassan

Qatar Museums

Previous desert horse sculpture by Ali Hassan

The other installation, Al Koora, which translates to “The Ball,” includes several drawings, paintings and poems representing Doha in different elements.

The installation was set up as a tribute to Qatar’s previous Emir for winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid.

The works were put together by some 40 special needs children from several institutions in Doha, including students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCU-Q) and other local artists.

Hamad International Airport art


Hamad International Airport art

In addition to the sculptures and images displayed in the airport’s premium lounges, HIA also features a herd of oryx sculptures in the arrival area by Dutch artist Tom Claassen.

But the most well-known piece is Urs Fischer’s seven-meter tall Lamp Bear. While the installation draws mixed reactions from travelers, it has easily become one of the most shared images of HIA on social media.


Qatar’s Hamad International Airport to hold emergency drill today

Hamad International Airport (HIA) will conduct a planned fire drill today (Tuesday) to ensure the emergency preparedness of its staff. The move comes amid heightened security at the facility, which officials have not commented on.

HIA did not specify the timing of the drill, but said it would be conducted at its main Terminal Building. In a statement, it added: “HIA will work to minimise disruption to normal operations as much as reasonably possible while maintaining the standard of the important exercise.”