What to do at Doha airport?

By BCTraveller | Nov 01, 2017, 07:25 PM
I am travelling to Europe on Qatar and the flight connections require me to overnight (8 and 16 hours). I am not enthused by Doha and priority is sleep. I am in QR business class and have QF Gold status. Many thanks!
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By freshthoughts | Nov 01, 2017, 08:43 PM
I'd just book a room "the airport hotel" which is within the terminal so you don't have to leave customs or anything
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By alansu | Nov 01, 2017, 09:16 PM
For the 16 hour layover, consider booking a hotel outside the airport, which are considerably cheaper than the HIA Hotel and only takes about 20mins from Hamad Intl in a taxi. On my recent trip from NRT to FCO I had a 14hr layover in DOH and so stayed at the Westin, got some much needed sleep that even business class can't top.

Qatar have visa free entry for Australians now so you won't even have to apply for a transit visa anymore.
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By BCTraveller | Nov 01, 2017, 09:26 PM
I'd just book a room "the airport hotel" which is within the terminal so you don't have to leave customs or anything

Thanks :)
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By BCTraveller | Nov 01, 2017, 09:27 PM
For the 16 hour layover, consider booking a hotel outside the airport, which are considerably cheaper than the HIA Hotel and only takes about 20mins from Hamad Intl in a taxi. On my recent trip from NRT to FCO I had a 14hr layover in DOH and so stayed at the Westin, got some much needed sleep that even business class can't top.

Qatar have visa free entry for Australians now so you won't even have to apply for a transit visa anymore.

Great advice, thank you :)
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By Skiijockey | Nov 01, 2017, 09:39 PM
By all means get out of the airport and explore Doha. The tourism jewel is the Museum of Islamic Art. It’s open most days, and is even better live than you will see in the pictures. The building and it’s contents are spectacular. It’s about 20-30 minutes from the airport and well worth the trip. The view from there of the curious collection of buildings in the CBD across the bay is good too. I’m afraid after spending 2 weeks there in 2015 there isnt much else worthwhile, apart from a walk along the Corniche, as long as it’s cooler weather (November to March).
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By BCTraveller | Nov 02, 2017, 12:40 AM
By all means get out of the airport and explore Doha. The tourism jewel is the Museum of Islamic Art. It’s open most days, and is even better live than you will see in the pictures. The building and it’s contents are spectacular. It’s about 20-30 minutes from the airport and well worth the trip. The view from there of the curious collection of buildings in the CBD across the bay is good too. I’m afraid after spending 2 weeks there in 2015 there isnt much else worthwhile, apart from a walk along the Corniche, as long as it’s cooler weather (November to March).
Thanks very much - I do like museums. Prob won't be open late at night but I'll remember that for next time.

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By Happy Trails | Nov 02, 2017, 09:36 AM
It sounds like you might be eligible for the stopover package (STPC) which includes:

"•Hotel room for the duration of the passenger’s stay (5-star hotel for Business Class passengers / 3-star hotel for Economy Class passengers). If there is a change in the Flight Schedule and the new connection time in Doha becomes less than 8 hours then the existing hotel confirmation will become invalid.
•Temporary entry visa fee to Doha, Qatar*.
•Transfer HIA - hotel - HIA.
•Meal voucher (depends on duration of the transit)."

You can find this info on the Qatar forum on Flyertalk.
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By Theresnormissin | Nov 02, 2017, 12:19 PM
I had a similar long layover and thought I was eligible, but when I chatted to Qatar Directly and they looked in to my booking, I wasn't because of how the booking was made on their website (ie I had not booked it as a multi city booking) I'd still give them a call to see what they say though.
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By BCTraveller | Nov 02, 2017, 01:33 PM
Thanks very much for the STPC tips. That would do nicely.
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By Ross | Nov 04, 2017, 02:19 AM
Eight hour stopover, stay in the lounge (Al Mourjan) there are sleeping chairs just behind the entry desk to the right; 16 hour, yes leave and get a hotel, the prices have really come down since the blockade.
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