Last month, I shared the experience of my first time traveling with Qatar Airways for The Trinity Forum in Doha. When returning back to London, I was eligible to use Hamad International Airport’s Al Mourjan business lounge.
A modern approach
This airport was only opened in 2014, and its freshness is apparent. It is situated just outside Qatar’s capital and the top condition, service, and order is noticeable from the beginning.
The Qatar Airways check-in desk is right next to the entrance. As soon as I received my boarding pass, I was escorted by an employee to the business lounge.
On the way, the member of staff told me details about the airport and asked me about my trip to Qatar. We then went up an escalator to be greeted by the reception at the lounge. I was informed that I would be met at reception by the staff member in one hour, as she would be taking me to my gate.
A large complex
So, I quickly put my hand luggage in a locker just behind reception and went ahead to peruse this massive lounge. The lounge spans two floors and spreads over 10,000 square meters. I didn’t know where to start, but I was eager to see what the grand staircase would lead to.
Upstairs holds a bar and a variety of buffet stations. There were options for both western and local cuisine, along with a dessert spot against the wall.
There are plenty of seating options, catering to those who want a formal dining experience as well as those who want something small to eat while they relax or work.
After eating a tasty hybrid of Eurasian food, I was ready to tour the bottom floor.
Plenty to explore
It actually took me many minutes to go around the whole ground floor. I took a moment to admire the lounge’s unique aspects such as the water feature and architecture.
Thereafter, I decided to check out what’s behind the doors at the far wall. The first door led to a room where people can work and conduct business.
There is also a cool games room with a replica race car at the back.
Additionally, there is a foosball table, WiiU, and PlayStation.
At the far end of the main concourse, I came across another doorway. This led to an extra dining area for passengers to indulge. After making my way back out to the main lounge, I grabbed a newspaper and took some time to relax.
I chose to sit at the center of the water feature, which holds a small seating area.
Here, I started to feel the post-trip blues as I wished I had even more time to enjoy the premium experience that Qatar Airways and Doha has to offer.
Time to say goodbye
The Qatar Airways staff reminded me that it was time to board. I grabbed my bag from the locker and was accompanied right up to my gate. I said goodbye to all the staff, who I must commend for their professionalism.
One of my biggest takes from this trip is how all members of staff were extremely polite yet also helpful and calming. The welcoming feel of Doha runs right through to the airport. I’d like to thank Qatar Airways for the opportunity to be a guest for The Trinity Forum in Doha.
Have you had a chance to see the Al Mourjan business lounge at Hamad International Airport? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.