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Hamad International Airport (HIA) offers passengers a number of different lounges.

This thread, is specifically for the Al Safwa First Class Lounge. Information on the other Lounge options at HIA, can be found here.

Does Al Safwa have a web page?
Yes: http://www.qatarairways.com/global/e...-al-safwa.page

Where can I find Al Safwa Lounge?
The Lounge is located on Level 3 of the airport.

Can I use the Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge?

Access is based on your underlying fare bucket. This means that no upgraded tickets, are granted access.

Access is thus restricted to Qatar Airways First Class, and OneWorld First Class passengers :
- either holding a First Class boarding pass* for their next flight
- or holding a First Class boarding pass* from their previous flight, provided the flight time was over 5 hours. That specifically means flights on an A380.
- Guests are not permitted.
* Operational Upgrades / QCredit upgrades to First do not give access.

Arrival access? (coming from LHR in F)

YES

ex. CAI-DOH-HEL

Arrival access? (coming from CAI in F)

NO

But HEL-DOH-CAI will work as DOH-CAI is a departing segment.

Privilege Club Platinum members and other Oneworld Emerald members are not allowed in the Al Safwa First Class Lounge and can only use the "ordinary" First Class Lounge.

What does the lounge look like?
Reports on the Lounge, can be found here and here. Photographs of the lounge, can be found here.

Is there a Spa?
Yes, there is a full Spa, but you will have to pay for treatments. A full list of treatments available can be found here

What about the sleeping rooms?
Stargold in http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28199729-post1177.html suggests that access to sleeping rooms is as follows:
'* No reservations allowed - always first-come first-served
* Only available if the remaining time until the flight departure is more than 4 hours
* Passengers are allowed maximum six hours' usage - for any further usage, a fee of QAR 450 is payable for a second block of six hours.
* No F&B of any kind except bottled water in the sleeping rooms.'


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Old Feb 24, 19, 1:50 am
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Hi all,

Any news on whether the 8 hour transit rule is still being enforced? We're got a 10 hour transit:

PER - DOH, arrive 05:40 (F)
DOH - MXP, depart 15:40 (J)

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Old Feb 25, 19, 11:08 pm
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Hello all,

What's the earliest one can check-in (assuming no bags) and use the lounge? I have an 8 am flight and ideally would like to arrive around 10 pm (departing from DOH, not connecting.)

There are a few similar questions in this thread, but no definitive answer. Any recent in-person experiences?
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Old Mar 12, 19, 2:12 pm
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Champagne?

Can anyone report which champagne is being poured in AS at the moment? And any of the other wines if someone recalls.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 9:11 pm
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Originally Posted by lopez151 View Post
Can anyone report which champagne is being poured in AS at the moment? And any of the other wines if someone recalls.
A couple of weeks ago they had Veuve La Grande Dame. I didn't notice if it was vintage, nor did I notice what other champagne(s) or other wines were available. I saw it on the bar, asked for it, and it was lovely. And a bit overchilled, just as I prefer.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 9:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH View Post
A couple of weeks ago they had Veuve La Grande Dame. I didn't notice if it was vintage, nor did I notice what other champagne(s) or other wines were available. I saw it on the bar, asked for it, and it was lovely. And a bit overchilled, just as I prefer.
Yes La Grande Dame 2006. Unfortunately last week is was far away from being “over chilled”
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Old Mar 12, 19, 10:30 pm
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Yes La Grande Dame 2006. Unfortunately last week is was far away from being “over chilled”
Sorry to hear. I like this much better than Krug.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 6:13 am
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I had the Bordeaux a couple of weeks ago, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint Julien 2008, I liked this a lot.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 6:46 am
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Can BA (or any other OneWorld partners) first class passengers access this lounge? I have the impression that only first class passengers on Qatar Airways can use it.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:00 am
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Can BA (or any other OneWorld partners) first class passengers access this lounge? I have the impression that only first class passengers on Qatar Airways can use it.
Unfortunately not. It is only for Qatar airways passengers.
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Originally Posted by celtic_warrior View Post
Unfortunately not. It is only for Qatar airways passengers.
Which lounge would BA first class passengers use??
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Old Mar 21, 19, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by celtic_warrior View Post
Unfortunately not. It is only for Qatar airways passengers.
I was under the impression that BA F passengers are also admitted in? At least that is what was reported in one of the threads in the BA forum.
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Old Mar 22, 19, 12:00 am
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BA Pax Ticketed in First can access Al Safwa.
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Old Mar 22, 19, 1:20 am
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Always sensible to refer to the Wiki, where it states quite clearly that OneWorld first-class qualifies for access:

Access is thus restricted to Qatar Airways First Class, and OneWorld First Class passengers :
- either holding a First Class boarding pass* for their next flight
- or holding a First Class boarding pass* from their previous flight, provided the flight time was over 5 hours. That specifically means flights on an A380.
- Guests are not permitted.
* Operational Upgrades / QCredit upgrades to First do not give access.


If this information is not correct, then perhaps someone in the know could correct it.
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Old Mar 22, 19, 4:48 am
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Still La Grande Dame 2006 and St Julien 3 days ago. Plus a 2nd Bordeaux I don't remember. Cognac on display was Hennessy XO ..a bit poor for Al Safwa. Plus amazingly Camus VS..while QR serves in eco Camus VSOP Advised them not to display a lower quality cognac than the one being served in eco. Seemed bar team had no clue about cognac Lounge was a bit full..and a bit loud because of some noisy guests....and staff told me at peak times it is even packed now
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Old Apr 2, 19, 2:01 pm
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If you arrive on BA LHR to DOH and connect on a QR business class ticket can you use the first class lounge?

The wiki implies its QR only but then also says one world first class passengers can access the lounge
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