Doha, Qatar, is a world center for higher education and research, a host for global trade negotiations and a venue for international sports. Oh, and there's oil there too.
Status: Capital, largest city, financial center
Country visa requirement: Yes
Landing permit requirement: Yes
Sponsor letter required: No
Aircraft documents required: Not mandatory but recommended to carry airworthiness certificate, registration, insurance certificate with country coverage, etc. as a precaution and also in the event aircraft must redirect to an alternate airport in another country.
Any other requirements for visiting aircraft: Flight plan must be filed at least 2 hr. prior to departure from origin to ensure receipt by UAE ATC authorities.
Carbon trading requirement: No
ATC procedures: ICAO
Any unique procedures: No
Metric or feet: Feet (altimeter setting in hectopascals)
WGS 84-compliant: Yes
Local navigator required: No
Name & ICAO identifier: Bandar Raya Doha International Airport (OTBD)
Coordinates: 25° 15.7' N, 51° 33.0' E
Elevation: 35 ft.
Runways: 16/34, 15,000 ft. x 151 ft., asphalt (PCN: 060FAXT)
Noise restrictions: No
FBOs: Rizon Jet
Clear CIQ at: FBO
Parking: FBO, depending on availability (recommend filing early and working with local handlers).
Credit: Fuel cards
Lav service: Yes
Catering: Airline ()
Fees: Runway fees based on MTOW
Security: Good; guards can be arranged by airport authority.
Ground transportation: VIP cars and passenger buses
Distance and driving time to downtown: 10 min.
Remarks: Due to heavy congestion at OTBD, a second international airport has been under construction in Doha since 2009 located 5 km/3 sm east of the old field. Temporarily dubbed “New Doha International Airport” and targeted for completion in 2013, it will include two parallel runways, one of which is claimed to be the longest in the world for a civil airport (18,000 ft.), to accommodate fully loadedjumbo jets in summer desert temperatures. The airport is designed to absorb three times the amount of traffic as OTBD, or 320,000 movements and 29 million passengers per year.
BCA appreciates the assistance of Skyplan International in the preparation of this report.
Descended from a fishing village on the shore of a small peninsula jutting out of Arabia into the Persian Gulf, Doha is the capital and largest city of Qatar.
Since Qatar achieved its sovereignty in 1971, after having been a British protectorate for 55 years, it has become one of the wealthiest states in the Middle East thanks to its oil and natural gas reserves. Today, it boasts the highest per capita GDP in the world — $104,300 in 2011, as its indigenous population numbers only 300,000 citizens, bolstered by a huge expatriate workforce — fed by an economy growing at an annual rate of nearly 20%. Total GDP last year was $184 billion. Petrochemicals and liquefied natural gas are responsible for much of this largess (the country sits on 13% of the world's natural gas reserves, which, along with oil, account for 85% of Qatar's exports), which the emirate has invested in its people and infrastructure. It has thus become a magnet for business and a popular destination for business aviation operators.
Despite a coup in 1995 in which the ruling sheikh was overthrown by his son, the heredity line of the Al Thani family, which has presided over Qatar as an emirate (or absolute monarchy) since the mid-19th century, was preserved. Qatar is presently ruled by Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and in the last 30 years has developed close ties to the U.S., which bases its Central Command Forward Headquarters and Combined Air Operations Center in Doha. The country's total population (including expat employees) numbers 1.85 million people, some 60% residing in Doha.
It is believed by some scholars that the name Doha is derived from the Arabic word ad-dawha for “the big tree,” possibly a reference to a large tree, or landmark, that stood in the prehistoric fishing village that constituted the first settlement on the Qatari Peninsula. Today, the image is symbolic of a country with investments spread over many cultural, educational, industrial, financial and social interests and a government apparently dedicated to elevating the standard of living of all its citizens.