Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge, Doha (DOH) Hamad International
Qatar Airways’ new business class lounge at the new Hamad International Airport is named ‘Al Mourjan Business Lounge’ and is located a few steps away from the large central hall in the direction of the A gates. After check-in and retrieving your boarding pass, take an escalator from the shopping area to the lounge, located two floors up on a balcony.
The lounge is large and occupies an area of 10,000 square metres. The lounge is divided into a large main lounge and a smaller buffet area which is located on a balcony at one end of the lounge. In total there is space for 1,000 guests.
The design of the lounge has been developed by Italian designer Antonio Citterio, and incorporates a variety of materials such as sandstone, marble and different metals. Design firms Bouroullec Brothers, Bertoia, Fukasawa, and Urquiola have provided the furniture, while a number of European designers have helped with other decorations. Around the lounge is what Qatar Airways calls “executive seating”, with information screens, reading lights and power sockets.
Right after the entrance, next to the spiral staircase which leads up to the restaurant floor, there is a large pool, 15×7 metres in size and situated below a huge chandelier.
Eating and Drinking
The lounge has four different buffet areas. Upstairs there is a proper restaurant area with a large staffed bar, a hot buffet, tables and chairs. Downstairs, at the opposite end of the lounge, is a bistro area with simple cold food and snacks, as well as a staffed bar serving beer, wine, champagne, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. In addition to this, there are two smaller buffet tables in the lounge, with a coffee machine and soft drinks.
The lounge also has a family room, rest room, prayer room, smoking room, a business centre with computers, printers, scanners, and a conference room. Free WiFi is available throughout the lounge and newspapers and magazines are on offer.
For younger visitors there is a games room with a PlayStation and F1 simulator.
This is an impressively large lounge with a decor that works surprisingly well. Large lounges can often be quite impersonal and can lack the relaxing feel that many look for, especially during stopovers, but the concept of this lounge actually creates a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere. Aspects of the design, however, are perhaps more suited to modern tastebuds, but that is just a matter of preference. The lounge provides good food and drink, as well as friendly staff.