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About DOH airport

Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar opened in May 2014 as a major international hub and home base for Qatar Airways completely replacing the old Doha International Airport (DIA).
The official IATA abbreviation for the airport is DOH.

The vast majority of passengers are transiting through DOH, changing flights. The baggage handling system is efficient and geared to a rapid baggage transfer time (20-30 minutes from aircraft to aircraft has been named). Your baggage will often be loaded before you board.

Here we will look mostly at facilities for passengers transferring between flights.

I have just landed at DOH. What do I do?
The Minimum permitted Connection Time (MCT) at DOH is 45 minutes. Here We will regard any connection under 90 minutes as a 'Short connection' and anything over 5 hours as a 'Long connection'. For other connection times the contents of the 'Long connections' will be the most useful.

Are there any lounges?
There are a number of 'Lounges' available to QR and Oneworld premium class passengers and PC and Oneworld status passengers.

Do QR provide accommodation for transfer passengers?
If your transfer is eight hours or more and there is no shorter connection then you may qualify for STopover Paid by Carrier (STPC). The rules for STPC are interpreted and applied very strictly by QR (as are all of the rules, -- regular QR passengers know not to expect exceptions). You should ascertain in advance, by calling QR, if you will be eligible. Don't just arrive at HIA expecting to have a hotel supplied free of charge.
In May 2017 the +Qatar scheme was launched whereby a nights free accommodation at selected Doha hotels was possible. This was for a limited time but has already been extended three times! See rhe Wiki on Free Doha stopovers and Plus-Qatar for details.

What about shopping and food?
There are numerous retail and food outlets. Most are open 24 hours every day. These are mostly collected together around the South and North nodes of the airport with some dotted around in other places.

Can I leave the airport?
Yes. There are several ways of doing this.
If you have accommodation provided by QR (STPC) they will usually accommodate you at a hotel near the old airport and will provide a Free tourist Visa if required.
If you take the free City bus tour then you will be provided with a free tourist visa for the tour.
You can apply for a free tourist visa up to 30 days prior to your requiring it and make your own tour of Doha.
You can also make your own tour.
For passport holders of the countries listed on visa-free-entry you have visa free access to Qatar.
See Visa requirements for a full list of countries where visa free and Visa on Arrival is possible.

What about resting at the airport?
There is an airside Airport Hotel and there are relaxation/rest rooms in Al Safwa and Al Mourjan lounges. I'm told that the airport hotel is both quite nice and quite pricey. In Al Safwa, there are sleeping rooms with beds and private bathrooms/showers. These are available on a first-come-first-served basis for up to six hours. In Al Mourjan, there is a darkened (but not pitch-black) rest area colocated with the showers behind the deli. The rooms are equipped with sofas, easy chairs, televisions, etc. Not beds.
There are supposed to be several quiet areas and communal relaxation areas with recliners in the airport. The best one is apparently quite well hidden behind a childrens play area somewhere in Wing C.

Are there Other facilities?
Yes many. But they are not mentioned here. If the need arises then they will be included.

Are there any Maps available?
In spite of errors the best overview map of the airport is terminal maps doha. The map has two gates B7, two gates C5 and the D and E gates are not numbered. Bus gates are not shown either.
The bus gates are located one floor down as follows: C20-C29 just by Gate C10, D20-24 and E20-24 are situated at the confluence of the C, D and E wings at the North node.

airport maps contains Numerous downloadable maps of different parts of the airport.

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About DOH Airport

About DOH airport

Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar opened in May 2014 as a major international hub and home base for Qatar Airways completely replacing the old Doha International Airport (DIA).
The official IATA abbreviation for the airport is DOH.

The vast majority of passengers are transiting through DOH, changing flights. The baggage handling system is efficient and geared to a rapid baggage transfer time (20-30 minutes from aircraft to aircraft has been named). Your baggage will often be loaded before you board.

Here we will look mostly at facilities for passengers transferring between flights.

I have just landed at DOH. What do I do?
The Minimum permitted Connection Time (MCT) at DOH is 45 minutes. Here We will regard any connection under 90 minutes as a 'Short connection' and anything over 5 hours as a 'Long connection'. For other connection times the contents of the 'Long connections' will be the most useful.

Are there any lounges?
There are a number of 'Lounges' available to QR and Oneworld premium class passengers and PC and Oneworld status passengers.

Do QR provide accommodation for transfer passengers?
If your transfer is eight hours or more and there is no shorter connection then you may qualify for STopover Paid by Carrier (STPC).

What about shopping and food?
There are numerous retail and food outlets. Most are open 24 hours every day. These are mostly collected together around the South and North nodes of the airport with some dotted around in other places.

Can I leave the airport?
Yes. There are several ways of doing this.
If you have accommodation provided by QR (STPC) they will usually accommodate you at a hotel near the old airport and will provide a Free tourist Visa.
If you take the free City bus tour then you will be provided with a free tourist visa for the tour.
You can apply for a free tourist visa up to 30 days prior to your requiring it and make your own tour of Doha.
For a number of countries you can purchase a visa on arrival and make your own tour.

What about resting at the airport?
There is an airside Airport Hotel and there are relaxation/rest rooms in Al Safwa and Al Mourjan lounges .
There are supposed to be several quiet areas and communal relaxation areas with recliners in the airport. The best one is apparently quite well hidden behind a childrens play area somewhere in Wing C.

Are there Other facilities?
Yes – many. But they are not mentioned here. If the need arises then they will be included.

Are there any Maps available?
In spite of errors the best overview map of the airport is https://www.oneworld.com/documents/1...=1423215902000. The map has two gates B7, two gates C5 and the D and E gates are not numbered. Bus gates are not shown either.
The bus gates are located one floor down as follows: C20-C29 just by Gate C10, D20-24 and E20-24 are situated at the confluence of the C, D and E wings at the North node.

airport/maps contains Numerous downloadable maps of different parts of the airport.

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