SmartDesign Group

SmartDesign Group

May 14, 2009 12:00 ET

SmartDesign Group Appointed to Airport Design Project at New Doha International Airport

World-class facility will accommodate new Airbus A380 Super Jets and meet region's projected needs for additional air traffic capacity

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - SmartDesign Group has been awarded the contract to provide refined masterplanning, design and fit-out services for the retail operations at New Doha International Airport. Working with the airport management team, Qatar Airways and HOK Architects, SmartDesign Group will lead the overall retail strategy including defining a new branded experience for the commercial space as well as the interior design for duty-free, retail boutiques, food courts and restaurants. Phase one of this project will open with 24,000 sqm of commercial space growing to 32,000 sqm at full capacity.

"We are excited to bring our design experience to such a prestigious project. The NDIA team is one of most creative groups we have worked with and we look forward to achieving an airport experience that sets world standards in travel retail." - Nick Baker, President, SmartDesign Group

The first phase of the airport design will accommodate 12 million passengers annually and is expected to open by 2011. When fully developed, the airport is planned to have a total capacity of 48 million passengers per year. NDIA will be the world's first airport to be designed and built specifically for the Airbus A380 aircraft-the world's largest passenger aircraft.

Upon its completion, NDIA will set a new standard in airline efficiency, passenger convenience and service standards. The new airport's landmark design will feature state-of-the-art facilities and world-class amenities that will provide a premium experience for all passengers.

SmartDesign Group is a retail design practice that specializes in the commercial development and design of airports around the world. They have contributed to the success of over 100 airports worldwide and continue to pioneer new thinking in areas of non-aeronautical revenue streams. SmartDesign Group is committed to working with owners and operators to maximize opportunities and create efficiencies in the transportation, sports & entertainment, retail and hospitality industries. To find out more, visit

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