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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?
Finally, 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 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 only from BKK, CDG, LHR, SYD and CAN and from June 30 2017 MEL.
- Guests are not permitted.
*Operational Upgrades to First do not give access.
CAUTION: there are an increasing number of reports that arriving in F and continuing in J or Y will only be given access if the transit time is under eight hours!

ex. LHR-DOH-CMB,

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 Mar 2, 18, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by LufthansaFlyer View Post
from what I gather, if on a paid biz ticket to and from DOH, there is no opportunity to pay up for a peek inside the AS lounge? have lengthly layover of 10-11 hours so wanted to see this place for the first time.....
What you gather is correct.
QR will not let you use the AS lounge when flying paid J even if you are willing to pay $$$$ amount.
AM is a pretty bad lounge - so I would recommend that you use STPC or Qatar+ for your layover.
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Originally Posted by DatBoi View Post
What you gather is correct.
QR will not let you use the AS lounge when flying paid J even if you are willing to pay $$$$ amount.
AM is a pretty bad lounge - so I would recommend that you use STPC or Qatar+ for your layover.
thanks....what makes the AM lounge bad? I've heard mostly positive things about it? With our flights, it' a 4:50p arrival from ord and a 2:00a departure for JNB....ideally I'd rather not sleep during the layover so that i can be naturally tired for the flight to jnb. Not sure if the STPC would be of benefit other than having a bit of privacy and hotel room. Thanks for the ideas.

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Old Mar 2, 18, 11:25 am
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thanks....what makes the AM lounge bad? I've heard mostly positive things about it?
It's nice enough, certainly not a bad lounge. But the initial Wow factor is somewhat let down by the details. If it's your first time there and you just have a 2 hour stopover, it's awesome. But to spend a longer period may get a bit dull:
- It's open air so not as quiet as it could be
- The chairs look great but many are quite uncomfortable
- Power socket placement in the main area is less than ideal
- At busy times, you can wait 30 mins+ for a shower
- The food is really very so-so
- The champagne is Lanson
- The sandwich / deli is a nice idea but every time I've been in they have messed up the sandwich somehow (mozerella cold in a toasted sandwich)

Don't get me wrong, it's still far better than your average lounge. It also looks great and the staff are generally very helpful. It's just not a place I'd plan on spending more than 1-2 hours if I could help it.
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Old Mar 2, 18, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by Frequent flyer 101 View Post
It's nice enough, certainly not a bad lounge. But the initial Wow factor is somewhat let down by the details. If it's your first time there and you just have a 2 hour stopover, it's awesome. But to spend a longer period may get a bit dull:
- It's open air so not as quiet as it could be
- The chairs look great but many are quite uncomfortable
- Power socket placement in the main area is less than ideal
- At busy times, you can wait 30 mins+ for a shower
- The food is really very so-so
- The champagne is Lanson
- The sandwich / deli is a nice idea but every time I've been in they have messed up the sandwich somehow (mozerella cold in a toasted sandwich)

Don't get me wrong, it's still far better than your average lounge. It also looks great and the staff are generally very helpful. It's just not a place I'd plan on spending more than 1-2 hours if I could help it.
thanks..so maybe a good mix would be the hotel for 6-7 hours and then visit the lounge for an hr or 2 before boarding just to see it?
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Old Mar 2, 18, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by LufthansaFlyer View Post
thanks..so maybe a good mix would be the hotel for 6-7 hours and then visit the lounge for an hr or 2 before boarding just to see it?
The hotel is a rather costly option, but arguably worth it if you've got a lengthy layover and fancy some rest. There's a decent pool and gym if you're feeling athletic, or alternatively consider the Doha Free Tour to kill a couple of hours.

The AM is worth a visit, but it's an airport lounge at the end of the day, and simply somewhere comfortable to sit and have a drink.

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I am a man of food - so my negative opinions about AM for the most part are about the poor food options.
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Originally Posted by LufthansaFlyer View Post
thanks....what makes the AM lounge bad? I've heard mostly positive things about it? With our flights, it' a 4:50p arrival from ord and a 2:00a departure for JNB....ideally I'd rather not sleep during the layover so that i can be naturally tired for the flight to jnb. Not sure if the STPC would be of benefit other than having a bit of privacy and hotel room. Thanks for the ideas.
Just discount the comment about AM being a bad lounge: in many respects it's not so good as it was, but it still offers levels of comfort and sustenance you don't find in many other lounges. Indeed, there are far, far worse lounges at DOH itself.

But at the end of the day it's just an airport lounge. Not sure what you expect, but you'll be able to get a shower, have something to eat and drink, relax, maybe even lie down.

An alternative is the airport hotel if you want to sleep (or swim!), but it's very expensive.

Otherwise it's easy to get out of the airport, into an Uber and get to Souq Waqif. The Souq will give you a comfortably sanitised taste of "arabia" with shops, cafes, restaurants and .... a falcon hospital. Uber/taxi should be less than $20 round-trip.

The Museum of Islamic Art would be an alternative, but i think last admissions (free!) are 18:30 and it closes at 19:00. It's more or less across the Corniche from the Souq - that "more or less" contains a measure of confusion, but people are extraordinarily helpful, so just keep asking for directions.

If your trip is soon, the weather is an absolute delight at the moment, perfect for evening walks on the Corniche or around the MIA park. We even had rain yesterday
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Just discount the comment about AM being a bad lounge: in many respects it's not so good as it was, but it still offers levels of comfort and sustenance you don't find in many other lounges. Indeed, there are far, far worse lounges at DOH itself.

But at the end of the day it's just an airport lounge. Not sure what you expect, but you'll be able to get a shower, have something to eat and drink, relax, maybe even lie down.

An alternative is the airport hotel if you want to sleep (or swim!), but it's very expensive.

Otherwise it's easy to get out of the airport, into an Uber and get to Souq Waqif. The Souq will give you a comfortably sanitised taste of "arabia" with shops, cafes, restaurants and .... a falcon hospital. Uber/taxi should be less than $20 round-trip.

The Museum of Islamic Art would be an alternative, but i think last admissions (free!) are 18:30 and it closes at 19:00. It's more or less across the Corniche from the Souq - that "more or less" contains a measure of confusion, but people are extraordinarily helpful, so just keep asking for directions.

If your trip is soon, the weather is an absolute delight at the moment, perfect for evening walks on the Corniche or around the MIA park. We even had rain yesterday
Funny you should mention the Souq Waqif....my wife came across it today when reading up on Doha and that's where I think we'll spend some time. Thanks for the input!
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Having eaten my way through most of the Al Safwa menu in the last few months, thought it might be helpful to provide a little bit of a food recommendation list for those visiting for the first time and wondering what to try from the current set of menus!

I think the general consensus is that most of the food in Al Safwa is not quite up to the standard of the rest of the lounge, but there are two dishes I really like and which I now will always try to order going forward:

1. The Eggs Royale - as a breakfast option, this is really very good; two perfect poached eggs (and they have come out that way every time) with thick cut balik-style salmon underneath; just wish they would toast the muffin a little bit more!

2. The Umm Ali - if you like puddings, order this one. No question.

In terms of main courses at the moment, I quite like the hammour (but don't think any are really *that* great). Hope this helps someone trying to choose!
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I had the eggs Royal yesterday in the Al Safwa lounge but that was all that I had time for.
Back in a week’s time for a longer stopover so will try a few things and post about any nice surprises.

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2AM in Doha and reporting in from the Al Safwa bar area

I am the only one here, not another soul to be seen, sort of spooky

was no problem to book my sleeping room, just a couple glasses of champagne and I will retire ;-)
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I liked it, was a bit too quiet though.
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Good that they keep the upgraded riff-raff out... the lounge would be to crowded....
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Good that they keep the upgraded riff-raff out... the lounge would be to crowded....
So in your opinion a payment (for upgrades) with miles earned during many flights is less worth than money?
Interesting approach .....
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Originally Posted by nilsfr69 View Post
Good that they keep the upgraded riff-raff out... the lounge would be to crowded....
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