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May 1, 2014

Qatar opens huge new airport that cost $15B

  • Promised perks include art installations, a hotel, swimming pool, luxury spa and even squash courts.
  • By ADAM SCHRECK
    Associated Press

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A vast new airport in the Qatari capital opened for business following years of delays Wednesday as the natural-gas rich Gulf nation works to transform itself into a major aviation hub and prepares to host one of sporting's biggest events.

    A ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landed and was welcomed by aviation's traditional salute of fire engines spraying water overhead to mark the official opening of Hamad International Airport, which shares its name with the Qatari emir who abdicated in favor of his son last year.


     
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