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The amazing new lounge at Qatar’s Hamad International

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Hamad International, the new airport in Qatar, opened for business on May 1st after long delays.  Even then, though, the main Qatar Airways lounge complex was not ready.

It is now, though, having opened on August 6th.  And it certainly looks as though it was worth the wait.  Take a look at these pictures of what is officially called the Al Mourjan Business Lounge:

Qatar Hamad lounge 1


Qatar Hamad lounge 2


Qatar Hamad lounge 3

In total, the lounge covers 10,000 square metres, making it one of the largest airline lounges in the world.

This page of the Qatar Airways website describes it in more detail.

The amazing thing is that this is NOT the official First Class lounge.  This facility, to be called the Al Safwa First Class Lounge, is still under development.

An acquaintance of mine was in the Al Mourjan lounge over the weekend.  He said that they were offering Krug champagne in the restaurant (try asking for that in Galleries Club at Terminal 5 …..) and actually used the word ‘beautiful’ to describe the place.

In the old Qatar airport, premium Qatar Airways passengers used a different part of the terminal and the lounge was therefore only accessible to people flying on Qatar.  At Hamad International, the Al Mourjan lounge can be accessed by oneworld First and Business Class passengers plus, I think, oneworld elite status cardholders.

It is not clear if this will remain the case when the airport and the other lounge options are fully open.  At Heathrow Terminal 4, for example, Qatar economy passengers with status may not use the well regarded Premium Lounge at Heathrow and are instead asked to use the Skyteam lounge.

I have a Qatar Airways business class flight in the diary for October.  I look forward to reporting back first hand on the Al Mourjan lounge and, indeed, the Premium Lounge at Heathrow.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (December 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (39)

  • Luke says:

    80K Avios + Taxes seems a lot to me to go return in J, or am I just being stingy? I do like QR a lot but never need to stay in DOH.

  • Andrew says:

    I’m sat there now – wasn’t sure as my flight was still via DOH rather than HIA.

    It’s quite a change since I was last here a couple of months ago and yes it’s certainly impressive.

    Running the risk of a TR in the comments:

    The lack of a bus transfer is a big win!
    I can confirm the Krug reports.
    F1 machine was doesn’t seem to be working (lucky there’s no kids around then…)
    Seems to be slightly less good options then the old lounge. There’s a separate restaurant upstairs but annoyingly they brought me a glass of champagne and pointed me in the direction of the buffet before coming to the table with the a la carte menu, by which time I had a plate of food (don’t worry, managed both). It was also harder to find a drink than before, until I was in the restaurant.
    The infinity pool is nice (and big!)

    All in all, a positive experience for a 3 hour layover.

    • Andrew says:

      Wrote this while waiting for the main to come from the kitchen.

      Was glad if had some buffet as typically small portions. Had fillet steak and scallops. Steak slightly overlooked for my liking, but certainly better than anything I’ve ever had in the air!

    • Andrew says:

      Oh and no wine list. Was offered wines based on colour and country – didn’t get as far as grape or year, but didn’t push it as was still enjoying the Krug!

    • Andrew says:

      Wifi keeps dropping out every 10 mins and need to re-accept t&cs.

      Also amusing (as I left) to see lots of confused-first-time-visitor faces, not quite sure how everything worked, as I’m sure mine was 2 hours ago!

  • Jamie says:

    Wondered if anyone could help me out. I am flying EDI – DOH and booked into economy. Can I use my Avios to upgrade to Business if there is availability? As I don’t think there is WTP or equivalent on the 787, does it count as a single class upgrade and what would the cost be?
    Many thanks

    • Rob says:

      No. You can only upgrade on BA flights and selected Iberia and American Airlines flights where you hold flexible tickets.

      • Jamie says:

        Many thanks for the clarification. Will see if Qatar advertises a cheap upgrade.

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