After a great flight from Sydney in Qatar first I was headed to Dubai and had quite a short transit in Doha. When I disembarked there was a staff member with a sign with my name on it, and she escorted me through security and into the Qatar Airways Al Safwa lounge, that’s great service considering the tickets were on different PNR’s.

The Al Safwa lounge is quite exclusive. To enter you either have to be flying first class on short and long-haul flights or connecting from first onto a business class flight, Oneworld Emerald’s cannot access the lounge with status.

Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Entrance

The lounge is massive! Not as big as the Emirates lounges in Dubai but still a very impressive size.

Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Duty-Free

The lounge has its own duty-free area.

Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Duty-Free

Electronics, perfumes, suits, cigarettes, and more are all for sale.

Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Duty-Free

Hugo Boss suits for sale in a lounge, seen that before?

Al Safwa Lounge Duty-Free

The lounge has a heap of seating in every section. Often while you’re sitting down a staff member will ask if you would like a drink and it would be brought to you.

Al Safwa Lounge

The lounge desk can help with any questions, flight details and can also store your luggage for you.

Al Safwa Lounge

Yes, that is a waterfall like structure, it’s pretty damn impressive!

Al Safwa Lounge

The waterfall object is just stunning in the lounge. However, it’s had its fair share of problems such as flooding when the lounge first opened.

Al Safwa Lounge

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

 

Al Safwa Lounge Reading Material

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

The sit-down restaurant has an a la carte menu, and it can seat 250 people. Not that the lounge would often see 100+ people.

Al Safwa Lounge Restaurant

The restaurant also has a manned bar and coffee on request.

Al Safwa Lounge Restaurant

The restaurant probably only had ten people there at the time of taking photos. There is also a smoking room right next to the restaurant which is an interesting location to put one.

Al Safwa Lounge Restaurant

 

Al Safwa Lounge Restaurant

There is also small snacks, tea and Arabic coffee available.

Al Safwa Lounge Restaurant

The bar staff were pretty busy in the morning pouring drinks, even at 6:00 in the morning. The drinks weren’t for me by the way 😉

Al Safwa Lounge Restaurant

There’s a second dining area at the other end of the lounge which is more self-service orientated, there a usually staff there but there was no need as it was quiet.

Al Safwa Lounge

Self-serve juice, fruits, and pastries are all fresh and topped up regularly.

Al Safwa Lounge

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

 

Al Safwa Lounge Seating

 

Al Safwa Lounge Food

 

Al Safwa Lounge Food

 

Al Safwa Lounge Food

If your flight is at a bus gate, there is a separate section for first passengers. They will have a separate bus, so there’s no need to walk down to the gate.

Al Safwa Lounge Departure Gate

The corridors of the lounge are long but nicely lit and not dark.

Al Safwa Lounge Bathroom

There are a few bathroom facilities in the lounge, and there is staff in there full time making sure they are clean, when I entered they were spotless.

Al Safwa Lounge Bathroom

 

Al Safwa Lounge Bathroom

Another beautiful aspect of the lounge is the other wall waterfall.

Al Safwa Lounge Waterfall

 

Al Safwa Lounge Waterfall

The lounge has a business area with iMacs, and they are wirelessly connected to printers.

Al Safwa Lounge Business Area

Another cool part of the lounge is the games room, the room also has a Ferrari simulator, but it was broken when I visited.

Al Safwa Lounge Game Room

The lounge has some nap rooms; some have twin beds some has 1. You can only access the nap rooms if you’re transiting for 5 or more hours.

Al Safwa Lounge Bed

 

Al Safwa Lounge Bed

The rooms also had shower rooms which you used to have to pay for, but now they are free.

Al Safwa Lounge Bathroom

 

Al Safwa Lounge Shower

 

Al Safwa Lounge Spa

The spa area has a number of rooms for different treatments, a Jacuzzi, and a relaxation area.

Al Safwa Lounge Spa

 

Al Safwa Lounge Spa

 

Al Safwa Lounge Treatment Room

 

Al Safwa Lounge Treatment Room

 

Al Safwa Lounge Treatment Room

 

Al Safwa Lounge Relaxation Area

 

Al Safwa Lounge Jacuzzi

As soon as my connecting flight to Dubai started boarding I was picked up by the same staff member and escorted down to aircraft, very impressive service.