Qatar Airways has unveiled its new Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, which the airline touts as “one of the largest lounges in the world”.
Spanning two storeys and 10,000 square metres, it’s roughly the size of 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools and can house up to 1,000 guests at a time.
Nibbles inside range from light bites through to seated dining in the mezzanine area, which continues onwards to a 15x7m infinity pool water feature.
It marks the base of a spiral staircase to the second level, lit by nothing other than a four-tiered chandelier...
On the guest list at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge are business and first class flyers of Qatar Airways and its Oneworld partners including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines.
First class passengers of these Oneworld airlines will also have access to the Al Safwa First Class Lounge when it opens, although for now facilities are shared in this single, opulent lounge.
Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald travellers who normally enjoy business and first class lounge access – including Gold and Platinum members of Qantas Frequent Flyer – can’t visit either the Al Mourjan or the Al Safwa lounges if travelling in economy with Qatar or a Oneworld airline.
Instead, Emerald members can visit the ‘Qatar Airways First Class Lounge’ at Hamad International Airport, while both Emerald and Sapphire travellers can make use of the ‘Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge’ and the Oryx Lounge.
That mirrors the access rules at Qatar Airways' lounge at London Heathrow Airport (pictured below), where economy-class travellers are instead shepherded to the SkyTeam lounge at the other end of the terminal.
In the Al Mourjan Business Lounge, road warriors can make use of a dedicated business centre complete with a conference suite, personal internet workstations, printers and scanners.
Executive-level seats are also scattered throughout the lounge and come with a private Flight Information Display System monitor, a reading light and personal power and data outlets.
Or, for a more relaxing stay, head to the private quiet rooms, the peaceful family spaces or to the games rooms – complete with PlayStation pods and an F1 driving simulator.
Also available are prayer rooms, restrooms, a smoking area, a nursery and shower rooms with amenities.
Unveiling the Al Mourjan lounge is the latest step in an ongoing series of travel improvements at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport.
Doha’s new airport, which opened in the second quarter of 2014, boasts over 600,000 square metres of space to squeeze in world class niceties such as a hotel, spa, gym and even squash courts.
The opening comes as Qatar plans to boost its Perth flights to a larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and increase its onward flights to Madrid, with eligible travellers able to use the new Al Mourjan Business Lounge when in transit in Doha.
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