Doha airport delay due to safety issues

AFP-JIJI

The scheduled Monday opening of Qatar’s new international airport in Doha was postponed indefinitely after it failed to meet security standards, newspapers in the gulf state reported.

The head of Qatar’s civil aviation authority, Abdel Aziz al-Nuaimi, said Sunday the delay was due to Hamad International Airport “not meeting the newly introduced safety and security requirements of the civil defense department.”

Contractors working on the airport had “already issued international certificates in the domain of safety and security,” al-Nuaimi said.