Rain floods Qatar's Hamad International Airport

"Let the contractor and consultant pay the price", one Twitter user commented, as the $15.5bn Doha airport failed to withstand the city's rains

Rains flooded Hamad International Airport. [Image: Twitter/KMAljaber]
Rains flooded Hamad International Airport. [Image: Twitter/KMAljaber]

Qatar's Hamad International Airport was flooded after rains lashed the country on 25 November, 2015.

A video uploaded by Twitter user @waseemwsm showed rainwater pouring through the roof into a seating area at the airport.  

Hamad International Airport Interior during heavy rain today. Let contractor & consultant pay the price. #DohaRain pic.twitter.com/sUOs7kh2LB

— Mohammad Waseem ® (@waseemwsm) November 25, 2015

Hamad International Airport won the Best Airport Award at the first Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia Awards ceremony on 18 November, 2015.

The $15.5bn airport is situated 16km from the centre of Doha, and is the hub for national carrier Qatar Airways. 

Authorities from the airport's management team uploaded a series of tweets confirming all operations were proceeding to schedule. 

All flights at @HIAQatar are operating normally according to the original schedule. We will inform you with the updates

— Hamad Int'l Airport (@HIAQatar) November 25, 2015

@HIAQatar has taken immediate action to ensure minimum inconvenience is caused to passengers and visitors due the heavy rains. Thank you

— Hamad Int'l Airport (@HIAQatar) November 25, 2015

Twitter users also expressed their disapproval of the new airport's quality. 

The state of the Art Hamad international airport! How much did it cost again?? #أمطار_قطر pic.twitter.com/JBrQan187O

— Khalid Al-Jaber (@KMAljaber) November 25, 2015

Rains in the country also flooded roads in Doha

Qatar has previously come under the scanner for the damage caused to local infrastructure and property due to flooding in the country. 

In July 2015, Qatar Rail was forced to halt tunnelling works on Doha Metro’s Red Line due to flooding, after contractors on the north tunnel reported damage to their tunnel boring machine.

Authorities attribute the country's flooding issues to its dated water network. 

 

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