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Hamad International

‘Eerie’ calm settles over Qatar’s deserted airport

DOHA: Qatar's state-of-the-art Hamad International bills itself as one of the most luxurious airports in the world -- but on Tuesday, it was also one of the quietest. As a travel ban announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came into force, terminals and drop-off areas at Doha's "gateway to the world" were deserted. "This is the emptiest airport I've ever been in," said Katie, transiting Qatar en route to Thailand. "It's exceptionally quiet, almost eerie." Hamad's cavernous…