Doha International Airport : The Oryx Lounge

Doha International Airport - Duty Free Shopping

20th July 2011. Written by Xin Li.
Doha, Qatar
Arriving at Doha International Airport by midnight on our flight from Venice. We soon learnt that Doha is not one of the best places for transit (unless you are a Business Class or First Class Passenger who has access to Qatar Airways' Premium Terminal).

Doha International Airport - Qatar Airways Plane

The mundane and modest airport meant that besides fighting with other transit passengers for a bench to grab some sleep, there isn't much to do. However, this might end with the new airport opening in early 2013.

One rather affordable alternative is the Oryx Lounge ran by Qatar Airways. While the lounge is also for First and Business Class passengers of Qatar Airways. Passengers could also pay 39 USD for access to the lounge for about 5 hours. You could book a slot by approaching the lounge directly, no need to book beforehand.

Oryx Lounge - Interior
Oryx Lounge - Interior

The lounge offers Wi-Fi, shower facilities, a cloak room, newspapers, magazines and complimentary snacks and drinks (including Nespresso coffee!)

Oryx Lounge - Nespresso

The Lentil Soup was quite tasty and I had a couple of pastries from the buffet. The service at the lounge was pretty good too.

Oryx Lounge - Lentil Soup
Oryx Lounge - Buffet

A glimpse of the buffet line.

Oryx Lounge - Pastry

After snacks, I spent some time catching some sleep and editing some photographs at the lounge before making our way to our boarding gate for the flight back to Singapore in the morning.

Doha International Airport - Morning
Doha International Airport – Morning

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