Hamad International Airport is a world-class airport in Qatar and a major hub for flights in and out of the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South Africa. With its luxury shopping, day spa, and dining, it’s a great place to spend a layover.
Here’s my quick guide and layover tips for Hamad International Airport!
Pick up the latest fashions and amenities at high-end boutiques, including Chanel, Bvlgari, Hermès Paris, and Swarovski. Grab a last-minute souvenir at the Marmalade Market (gourmet foods), Bumble Tree (toys and gadgets), or Chocology (fine chocolates).
At the Qatar Duty Free, grab a box of dates to take on your next flight!
There’s a host of restaurants and cafés in the airport. My favorite spot is Qataf Café, named for the national Qatari flower. Here you can enjoy a welcoming ambiance with oversized chairs and beautiful Moroccan lamps.
The menu offers a selection of mezze-style platters, Moroccan tajines, and Arabic sweets and coffee. For a more international flavor, try the Asian Yum Cha or fresh caviar at Caviar House & Prunier.
If you’re in the airport for a few hours, find a quiet lounge area to relax. The airport offers “quiet rooms,” tranquil spaces with soft lighting and designated male and female sections. Catch up on a few hours’ sleep or simply rest your eyes—your body will thank you later.
If you want a little more privacy, you can book a few hours at The Airport Hotel, a local four-star hotel located in the passenger terminal. Stays can be as short as five hours.
Choose from basic superior rooms to the all-luxury presidential suite.
You can order room service or hit the gym for a quick workout. Recharging in your own private space can be a lifesaver during those long-haul journeys!
The Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Centre is made for layover travelers. The centre’s experts offer aromatherapy, revitalizing massages, cleansing facials, and general ways to revive and rejuvenate the worn-out traveler.
Book a treatment and get free access to the swimming pool, squash court, hydrotherapy tub, and shower room. They also have a day rate (around $35) that grants you access to the center.
The best part? It is located on the fourth floor of The Airport Hotel and is open 24 hours a day—so you don’t have to go far to get rid of your jet lag!
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, so you can plug in and get some work done or watch a movie while you wait. If you don’t have your laptop with you, you can always head to the free internet kiosks, which can be found all over the airport.
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