Doha is set to open the Hamad International Airport -- one of the largest in the Middle East -- on April 1st.
In a decade, the airport is expected to host at least 50 million travellers annually. When it is fully operational later in 2013, it will have the capacity to hold 28 million visitors.
Next week, 10 Arab and Middle Eastern airlines will begin operating out of the airport.
The airport includes a pair of runways measuring 4.85 kilometres and 4.25 kilometres in length, and will be able to receive giant aircraft like fully-loaded Airbus A380s.
It has a three-story terminal with around 20 remote stands and 41 contact gates, some of which will be dedicated to Airbus A380 aircraft.
The airport also boasts a retail shopping area and comfortable lounges, as well as an aircraft maintenance hangar that can hold 13 aircraft
Experts and businessmen said they expect the airport to help revitalise the tourism, transport and trade sectors, not only in Qatar but the region as a whole.
Issa al-Muhannadi, chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority, said he anticipates Qatar will experience significant growth because of the massive airport.
"The Tourism Authority will take advantage of this important facility by opening offices to serve tourists and promote and market tourist destinations in Doha," he Said.
The Authority is currently implementing a joint programme with Qatar Airways to do just that, he said.
Meanwhile, Adel al-Hail, general manager of a travel and tourism agency in Qatar, said the new airport will help promote an "open skies" policy.
"Qatar's implementation of a package of mega-projects is revitalising air travel," he said.
"Statistics and international reports show that Qatar has become the focus of attention of businessmen, owing in part to the tremendous development boom it is experiencing, which reflects positively on airline [activity]," he said.
Hamad International Airport will play a major role in driving the local economy and in helping the small Gulf country achieve higher growth rates, according to al-Hail.
BOOST TO TOURISM
The new airport and its wide array of services can boost tourism in Qatar and the region, said Ibrahim al-Ali, CEO of a travel agency in Doha.
He said he expects the airport will strengthen development plans in the country.
"Doha is an ideal destination on the international tourism map, as it combines world-class service with luxurious hospitality that has won international awards for excellence, as well as modern facilities that meet the needs of tourists from around the world," he said.
The opening of the new airport comes as Qatar prepares to launch construction and infrastructure projects for the 2022 World Cup, and in fulfilment of the 2030 Qatar National Vision.
The vision was inaugurated several years ago and aims to bring comprehensive social, economic, human and environmental development to the country.