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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 upgraded tickets, maybe except upgrades with QPoints (see post 2735), are not 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 to First do not give access. Upgrades with Qpoints may do give acces (see post 2735 - Sept 2022)

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 13, 22, 4:33 pm
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If you're flying MLE-DOH on QR metal F (booked with AA miles) and transiting in DOH for a few hours before flying DOH-KUL on QR metal Y (booked separately with AA miles) -- yes, I know a strange combination of 2 PNRs -- can one access Al Safwa?

I'm guessing no, you'd need the second ticket to be QR metal J?
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Old May 13, 22, 11:28 pm
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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.
Impressed by the look of that steak.

What happened?
Is open fire allowed in the kitchen now?

Or were these medium-rare pre-cooked steaks, which were carefully heated?

Has Qatar overcome their hysterical fear of undercooked food?
Will we see raw sushi and desserts made with fresh cream soon?
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Old May 14, 22, 3:46 am
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I just realized I never asked in my earlier post (my apologies if it's been answered somewhere).
If I am on an American Airlines business award ticket (on Qatar) with the long layover in DOH, will the possibility to 'buy up' to the Al Safwa First Lounge still be a possibility? Or is it off the table due to it being an award ticket?

Also, does QR ever block the second QSuites cabin on the 777 on empty flights? From Frankfurt to DOH the seat map (on Expertflyer) is showing only rows 1-6. Then Y cabin shows starting at row 16. I was able to choose my qsuite seat awhile ago, but now everything is blocked in the forward C cabin (thus I can no longer change seats for a flight next month), and the rear Qsuite cabin is no longer showing at all. Hope it's not a flight pre-cancel thing....
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Old May 14, 22, 3:50 am
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Originally Posted by Paella747 View Post
I just realized I never asked in my earlier post (my apologies if it's been answered somewhere).
If I am on an American Airlines business award ticket (on Qatar) with the long layover in DOH, will the possibility to 'buy up' to the Al Safwa First Lounge still be a possibility? Or is it off the table due to it being an award ticket?

Also, does QR ever block the second QSuites cabin on the 777 on empty flights? From Frankfurt to DOH the seat map (on Expertflyer) is showing only rows 1-6. Then Y cabin shows starting at row 16. I was able to choose my qsuite seat awhile ago, but now everything is blocked in the forward C cabin (thus I can no longer change seats for a flight next month), and the rear Qsuite cabin is no longer showing at all. Hope it's not a flight pre-cancel thing....
You could try to buy up to the Al Safwa First Lounge, but since it's an AA ticket, you would not be able to do it online. There were success and failure reports here in FT thus YMMV but it might be worth to stop by the Al Safwa lounge entrance and ask the agents over there.

QR has another high density Y 777 configuration with 6 rows of the Business Class cabin, so I assume that you had an aircraft configuration change. Otherwise, there is no reason for QR to block the rear Qsuite cabin.
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Old May 14, 22, 4:54 am
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer View Post
You could try to buy up to the Al Safwa First Lounge, but since it's an AA ticket, you would not be able to do it online. There were success and failure reports here in FT thus YMMV but it might be worth to stop by the Al Safwa lounge entrance and ask the agents over there.

QR has another high density Y 777 configuration with 6 rows of the Business Class cabin, so I assume that you had an aircraft configuration change. Otherwise, there is no reason for QR to block the rear Qsuite cabin.
Thank you! (and bummer.... They already swapped out the Qsuites on my flight from DOH to Seoul, so now it looks like I may be getting the swap on FRA-DOH as well.... But the seat map still looks like Qsuites, so I'll keep my fingers crossed....) Appreciate the info!

Edit to add: Another strange thing is that I can no longer view the seat map on the QR website when looking at my rez (and there's a message that I have to change my seat at the airport - for a flight that's over a month away). On Expertflyer, it shows the six rows (looking like Qsuites), but all seats are blocked except a few that are occupied (including mine). Strange.

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Old May 15, 22, 6:34 am
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Hi - quick question. I am flying KWI-DOH in Y after a work trip leaving at 10:55pm and landing at 11:55am. Then on a separate ticket I am flying DOH-ZRH leaving at 8am. Will I be allowed to enter the lounge at around midnight when I arrive in DOH?
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Old May 15, 22, 11:19 am
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Originally Posted by catawiki1 View Post
Hi - quick question. I am flying KWI-DOH in Y after a work trip leaving at 10:55pm and landing at 11:55am. Then on a separate ticket I am flying DOH-ZRH leaving at 8am. Will I be allowed to enter the lounge at around midnight when I arrive in DOH?
Depends on the travel class of your 2 flights, whether they're upgrades, and your frequent flyer status.
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Old May 15, 22, 2:16 pm
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Depends on the travel class of your 2 flights, whether they're upgrades, and your frequent flyer status.
My second flight is in F, award booking using miles.
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Old May 15, 22, 4:03 pm
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The champagne at Safwa may have been downgraded from the Piper-Hiedsieck Rare Brut Millsime back to Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, but Ive spotted this delightful treat today

khabah


gemeeat wine but that price shown there is quite exaggerated
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Old May 20, 22, 10:15 pm
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Originally Posted by im.daniel View Post
So a Platinum member who booked a paid Y ticket, and upgraded to J with QCredits is NOT allowed access to AS or AM Lounge?

I can't seem to find this rule about upgrades not being allowed into the lounge (of the upgraded class) on the website ...
Anyway, for point of reference. I was let into Al Safwa with no issues this morning. Paid Y, upgraded Q Credits!
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Old May 21, 22, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by ElginH View Post
If you're flying MLE-DOH on QR metal F (booked with AA miles) and transiting in DOH for a few hours before flying DOH-KUL on QR metal Y (booked separately with AA miles) -- yes, I know a strange combination of 2 PNRs -- can one access Al Safwa?

I'm guessing no, you'd need the second ticket to be QR metal J?
You should be able to.

I transited through DOH on separate PNRs a couple of days ago. MLE-DOH in F then up to Heathrow in J. A bit different than your situation as the second flight was in J not Y, but access was granted based on the inbound flight.

Just keep an eye on the first leg. There was an equipment swap the day of for me, which initially put me into J without notice. Called up to get it fixed, but would have been less than ideal to show up in MLE to find out i was in in J not F.

Originally Posted by catawiki1 View Post
My second flight is in F, award booking using miles.
You should have no issues.
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Old May 24, 22, 6:10 am
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I upgraded a friend from T to what shows as First (Z) on an upcoming DOH-SHJ using my Qcredits and I am in A, I also have 4 lounge passes with my Gold status

1. Will he be able to use AS?
2. If no, can I use my pass to get him into AS considering I will have access?
3. Or do the passes only work for the Silver lounge now?
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Old May 26, 22, 10:05 am
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Hi,

Would an incoming F flight from Sydney allow access to AS with an onward flight (separate ticket) to DXB in Y?

Thanks.
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Old May 27, 22, 1:37 am
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Our flights tomorrow originally were showing an option to purchase AS access online at the prices others had seen, which I was going to do, but wanted to wait until closer to flying to do so.

I put it down to dodgy QR IT but the option has disappeared now, and the lounge access screen (when it shows- sometimes it doesn't) only shows that we have access to AM/Silver/First Class lounges, with an option to purchase the Oryx lounge.

Is purchase on arrival still an option? I guess worst case we just use AM tomorrow, but I was looking to kicking back for a couple of hours in secluded luxury before the long onward flight...
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Old May 27, 22, 6:28 am
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Originally Posted by pythonisman View Post
Our flights tomorrow originally were showing an option to purchase AS access online at the prices others had seen, which I was going to do, but wanted to wait until closer to flying to do so.

I put it down to dodgy QR IT but the option has disappeared now, and the lounge access screen (when it shows- sometimes it doesn't) only shows that we have access to AM/Silver/First Class lounges, with an option to purchase the Oryx lounge.

Is purchase on arrival still an option? I guess worst case we just use AM tomorrow, but I was looking to kicking back for a couple of hours in secluded luxury before the long onward flight...
Yes, you could always purchase Al Safwa access at the desk located at the lounge entrance after going up the escalators.
You would simply need to present your boarding pass and a credit card.
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