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'Discover the Art of the Airport' at Hamad International Airport


Discover Qatar, Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Qatar Museums have unveiled one more way to enhance passenger experience with the debut of a one-of-kind collaboration for passengers travelling via the award-winning airport.


The ‘Discover the Art of the Airport’, is a unique walking tour through an immersive experience where guests can view impressive sculptures and art installations by leading artists from around the world.


Under the patronage of Her Excellency, Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, remarkable art objects created by local, regional and international artists have been placed throughout HIA.


Artworks curated by Qatar Museums' Public Art Department can be seen in different parts of HIA, encouraging dialogue and public interaction, while adding character and personality to the airport’s open spaces.


The works of art include ‘Other Worlds’ by American artist Tom Otterness; ‘Small Lie’ by American artist KAWS; ‘Cosmos’ by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel; ‘A Message of Peace to the World’ by Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani; and ‘Lamp Bear’ by Swiss artist Urs Fischer are just a few of the permanent installations at HIA that inspire passengers to communicate in the universal language of art, transcending linguistic barriers and forming connections between people from different continents while turning travel into an exciting art experience.


Qatar became one of the first Gulf countries to establish a comprehensive contemporary public art programme, spearheaded by Qatar Museums, with the goal of making art a part of everyday life.


To date, Qatar Museums' programme has included approximately 70 works by more than 60 artists from Qatar, the Middle East, and around the world. More than 40 new public artworks will be installed in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM to benefit the local community and visitors.


The 'Discover the Art of the Airport' hour-long guided tour at HIA costs USD 10 per person. Guests will learn about the story of each artwork while being escorted by a Discover Qatar expert guide. It is recommended that participants have at least two hours of transit time at the airport and arrive at the Discover Qatar desk 30 minutes before their scheduled tour.


For more information and to book the tour, please visit https://www.discoverqatar.qa/transit-exclusive-discover-the-art-of-the-airport/overview

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