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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.'


What changes can I expect during Ramadan?
Ramadan affects QR and you in many ways so please look at ramadan to see how you are affected.

Updated: 26/5/2017.
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Old May 10, 22, 4:53 am
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Originally Posted by SKT-DK View Post
You are absolutely right - the menu is the same as many years ago, the only change is that the food has become much more bland
I'm in AS now, and in the name of scientific research have just had the fillet steak. It may not be what you might get in a specialist steak house or a Michelin starred restaurant, but I would say it has definitely improved since before covid.

Previously it was a thin cut (sliced through again the long way) and always cooked well done. But the one I just had was a thick cut and we had a long discussion about how I wanted it cooked and it came out definitely pink. The veg were all crisp and tasty too and a peppercorn sauce was served.

Some may prefer more seasoning of course but I was pleasantly surprised after reading some of the recent comments here. Perhaps it helps that I am here at a quiet time?
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Old May 10, 22, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by KingCanute View Post
I'm in AS now, and in the name of scientific research have just had the fillet steak. It may not be what you might get in a specialist steak house or a Michelin starred restaurant, but I would say it has definitely improved since before covid.

Previously it was a thin cut (sliced through again the long way) and always cooked well done. But the one I just had was a thick cut and we had a long discussion about how I wanted it cooked and it came out definitely pink. The veg were all crisp and tasty too and a peppercorn sauce was served.

Some may prefer more seasoning of course but I was pleasantly surprised after reading some of the recent comments here. Perhaps it helps that I am here at a quiet time?
Genuinely curious what that discussion entailed, as I had a filet there in march and though I asked for medium-rare, the thing came out like a hockey puck.
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Old May 10, 22, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by KingCanute View Post
I'm in AS now, and in the name of scientific research have just had the fillet steak. It may not be what you might get in a specialist steak house or a Michelin starred restaurant, but I would say it has definitely improved since before covid.

Previously it was a thin cut (sliced through again the long way) and always cooked well done. But the one I just had was a thick cut and we had a long discussion about how I wanted it cooked and it came out definitely pink. The veg were all crisp and tasty too and a peppercorn sauce was served.

Some may prefer more seasoning of course but I was pleasantly surprised after reading some of the recent comments here. Perhaps it helps that I am here at a quiet time?
I don't believe your experience for one second!!!!LOL ;-)
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Old May 10, 22, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by fender5787 View Post
Genuinely curious what that discussion entailed, as I had a filet there in march and though I asked for medium-rare, the thing came out like a hockey puck.
Well yes, that was my previous experience too. But today I was asked how I would like it cooked "medium rare, medium well?" I replied that I thought they only came well done but usually I would order rare, and he went off saying he'd ask for medium rare. And a juicy pink thing returned some time later. Strange things are happening
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Old May 10, 22, 4:10 pm
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Originally Posted by KingCanute View Post
Well yes, that was my previous experience too. But today I was asked how I would like it cooked "medium rare, medium well?" I replied that I thought they only came well done but usually I would order rare, and he went off saying he'd ask for medium rare. And a juicy pink thing returned some time later. Strange things are happening
I'll be there on Thursday and will try it for sure 😉
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Old May 10, 22, 9:07 pm
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Is Qatar First Class Lounge the same as Al Safwa? I can't seem to purchase AS online with a J booking but states the Qatar First Class Lounge is included. Only Qantas Platinum. I'm presuming it isn't but then wondering why I can't purchase access to AS.

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Old May 10, 22, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by pushka View Post
Is Qatar First Class Lounge the same as Al Safwa? I can't seem to purchase AS online with a J booking but states the Qatar First Class Lounge is included. Only Qantas Platinum.
They are not the same.

-A
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Old May 10, 22, 9:16 pm
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Originally Posted by ph-ndr View Post
They are not the same.

-A
Thanks. Guess I can't buy access to AS either. AM it is.
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Old May 11, 22, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by pushka View Post
Is Qatar First Class Lounge the same as Al Safwa? I can't seem to purchase AS online with a J booking but states the Qatar First Class Lounge is included. Only Qantas Platinum. I'm presuming it isn't but then wondering why I can't purchase access to AS.
Iím having the same issue on my outbound. On my return however I can purchase Al Safwa access. Why canít I on the outbound?
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Old May 11, 22, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by KingCanute View Post
I'm in AS now, and in the name of scientific research have just had the fillet steak. It may not be what you might get in a specialist steak house or a Michelin starred restaurant, but I would say it has definitely improved since before covid.

Previously it was a thin cut (sliced through again the long way) and always cooked well done. But the one I just had was a thick cut and we had a long discussion about how I wanted it cooked and it came out definitely pink. The veg were all crisp and tasty too and a peppercorn sauce was served.

Some may prefer more seasoning of course but I was pleasantly surprised after reading some of the recent comments here. Perhaps it helps that I am here at a quiet time?
We must have had the same chef, my fillet also was cooked the way I ordered it, medium rare. Vegetables crisp with a good sauce.
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Old May 11, 22, 3:58 pm
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Originally Posted by ohstewardess View Post
Iím having the same issue on my outbound. On my return however I can purchase Al Safwa access. Why canít I on the outbound?
I can't purchase AS on any leg. On the way back to OZ it says the only lounge I have access to is to pay for Oryx. Not even AM. Nup. Lucky it's not a long transit. Fare classes are R and C.
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Old May 12, 22, 5:56 am
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In the interest of fairness, i have to report that i was back in AS lounge on monday night, and the steak was excellent (medium), definitely cooked to order unlike previous times. The VC Le Grand Dame was flowing, and a lovely glass of red wine also. Staff were excellent. So, despite my first visit being unimpressive, i have to say i liked it second time around.
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Old May 12, 22, 6:53 am
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Hi all,

I will be flying QR in Q Suite to Doha where I have 24 hours before my next business flight to Bali.

Will I be able to pay to use Al Safwa a few hours before my flight?
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Old May 13, 22, 11:39 am
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I'm flying DXB-DOH-JFK soon, and my DXB-DOH flight is coded as first class while my DOH-JFK flight says business class.
In this case, can I use the AS lounge during my layover in DOH as I'm coming from a fist class flight connecting to business class?
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Old May 13, 22, 2:56 pm
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Photographic evidence of the medium steaks from earlier today. The taste was also pretty good!


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