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Qatar delays airport opening after safety review

Monday - 4/1/2013, 1:21pm  ET

An airport worker puts the final touches on a billboard showing the way to the Hamad International Airport, in Doha, Qatar, Monday, April 1, 2013. The chief overseer of Qatar's new international airport said in a statement Monday, just hours before the scheduled inaugural flight, that the opening of the facility has been delayed because of the need to address new safety requirements. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The chief overseer of Qatar's new international airport on Monday said the opening of the facility has been delayed because of the need to address new safety requirements.

The statement came just hours before the scheduled inaugural flight from Hamad International Airport in Doha. It gave no details on possible shortcomings in meeting new safety measures set by the Qatari civil defense.

Qatar has undertaken a blanket review of all safety systems in public places since a mall fire last year killed 19 people.

Abdulaziz al-Noaimi, chairman of new airport's steering committee, gave no new timeframe for the airport's opening.

Qatar's new airport is part of wide-ranging construction projects as the wealthy Gulf nation boosts it profile as a hub for international conferences and events, including the 2022 World Cup.


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