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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 Jun 13, 22, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
A first for me, and something I hadnt realised.

Have just flown into DOH and went to AS but was refused paid entry as I'm on an 001 issued ticket.

Apparently only 157 tickets can pay for access so I'm ensconced in the AM Instead.

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I paid for access on a 125 ticket last week so not sure about that rule.

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Old Jun 13, 22, 2:11 pm
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I'm wondering if 125 stock is different, because a few people have said the same.

Weird.

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I was denied paid access on a 125 ticket a few months ago. They had called ahead from the reception to book a sleeping room and just as I was about to pay a manager came by, looked at the boarding passes and the computer screen and said no, not possible. Was sent to AM.
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Old Jun 14, 22, 5:48 pm
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I do not know QR exact rule, but both legs are considered longhaul. AS and AM are departure lounges, so I assume that you won't get access because your longhaul departure from DOH is in Y, besides the overnight layover. But I could be wrong.

ANyway I strongly advise you to try to change your DOH-MLE to either J or a shorter layover. After 6 hours of flying F, a 9h layover (even with lounge) followed by a 5h flight in Y will be a HUGE letdown.
I really appreciate everyone's advice here. At the moment, I don't have any other options for booking awards tickets at the moment. Y was the only thing available.

I will take a look at Onyx for resting. I'm concerned about my own general luck when it comes to leaving the airport, so going into Qatar makes me nervous. I kind of just wanted to experience both lounges, AS on the way in and AM on the way out. I supposed I can always still do that on my J flight back by paying for AS access.

I guess we'll just see what happens and I'll book a hotel just in case.
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Old Jun 15, 22, 4:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Andrew35K View Post
I was denied paid access on a 125 ticket a few months ago. They had called ahead from the reception to book a sleeping room and just as I was about to pay a manager came by, looked at the boarding passes and the computer screen and said no, not possible. Was sent to AM.
Were you flying in Y or J? I think if you are in Y you can only pay for AM. If you are in J you can pay for AS.

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Old Jun 16, 22, 2:51 am
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Were you flying in Y or J? I think if you are in Y you can only pay for AM. If you are in J you can pay for AS.

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Cash ticket in business. Maybe rules have changed since, or maybe it depends on the person manning the reception.
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Old Jun 18, 22, 6:51 am
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Is the sticky even current? QR seems to do a lot of strange things lately with their access to Al Safwa.

Last week my buddy who is BA Emerald sent me a picture from Al Safwa and definitely didn't fly First Class and neither did he pay. Have they started to give access to Emeralds now?
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Old Jun 18, 22, 9:08 am
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Hi, we're flying DOH-BKK, cash ticket bought in J, upgraded to F using avios. Will we get access to Al Safwa? Both on 157 tickets & OWS if that makes any difference. Thanks!
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Old Jun 18, 22, 9:14 am
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Hi, we're flying DOH-BKK, cash ticket bought in J, upgraded to F using avios. Will we get access to Al Safwa? Both on 157 tickets & OWS if that makes any difference. Thanks!
As far as I know you get access for the ticket youíve purchased, and not for what youíve upgraded too. Meaning that you should have AM access but not AS. Not 100% sure if thatís the case these days though.
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Old Jun 18, 22, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by skywalkerLAX View Post
Is the sticky even current? QR seems to do a lot of strange things lately with their access to Al Safwa.

Last week my buddy who is BA Emerald sent me a picture from Al Safwa and definitely didn't fly First Class and neither did he pay. Have they started to give access to Emeralds now?
Could be the very rare occurence that overflow from AM has been directed to AS. Otherwise no, only First or QRPC Platinum (when flying business) have free access - otherwise itís paid.
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Old Jun 18, 22, 10:06 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?
I have the same tickets booked in Oct and I would like to know this as well.
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Old Jun 18, 22, 1:08 pm
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As far as I know you get access for the ticket youíve purchased, and not for what youíve upgraded too. Meaning that you should have AM access but not AS. Not 100% sure if thatís the case these days though.
Thanks. So the question then is, is it worth the additional cost? we have a 2h50 connection time in Doha.. doesn't seem like it's worth it? Would need to get through a few bottles of Grande Dame pretty sharpish to make it worth the cost.
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Old Jun 19, 22, 4:26 am
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I have the same tickets booked in Oct and I would like to know this as well.
Provided that youíre flying with a Oneworld airline, then yes. With the new rules you would have access to AS when transiting from F to J, even if itís just the short 1 hour hop from DXB.
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Old Jun 19, 22, 4:30 am
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Thanks. So the question then is, is it worth the additional cost? we have a 2h50 connection time in Doha.. doesn't seem like it's worth it? Would need to get through a few bottles of Grande Dame pretty sharpish to make it worth the cost.
So with walking there and to your gate, queuing at reception, youíll get around 2 hours in the lounge. The value is premium alcohol, better a la carte, and of course not as packed as AM. The valueÖ how many bottles of LDG can you drink in 2 hours?
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Old Jun 19, 22, 10:31 am
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Provided that youíre flying with a Oneworld airline, then yes. With the new rules you would have access to AS when transiting from F to J, even if itís just the short 1 hour hop from DXB.
What are "the new rules"?
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