Hamad International Airport (HIA) has entered into a partnership with Shafallah Center, one of the centers affiliated to Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW), to provide additional services to passengers with special needs with a focus on passengers with autism.
Both parties formalized their partnership on Monday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by Engineer Badr Mohammed al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, and Amal Abdullatif al-Mannai, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Foundation Social Work and Acting Chief Executive Officer at Shafallah Center.
As part of the MoU, HIA will soon add a special handling lounge in the terminal for passengers with special needs, including autistic passengers.
Shafallah Center will be overseeing the setup of the lounge to ensure the comfort and convenience of said passengers. The lounge will feature certain aspects of a sensory room, which is a specially designed space used for the therapy for children with limited communication skills, including electronic carpets, which allow children to play games and activities.
Source: Government of Qatar