Passengers arriving at Doha International hop on a shuttle bus to their arrival terminal. To get into Qatar Airways' first- and business-class lounge, they need to have a special purple ticket.



The real highlight was the food: there were three separate buffets and a bar area.


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The "Oriental brasserie" had a sushi platter, not something you'd normally expect to see in an airport lounge.


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There were also a ton of salads, mostly with Middle Eastern or Asian influences. Chefs and kitchen staff constantly replenished the dishes, making sure none were empty or sat for too long.


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A separate, freestanding salad bar with tons of premade salads was nearby.


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On the other side of the room was the continental hot buffet, featuring a beef stew and seafood curry.


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When I sat down to eat, a waitress came over and took my drink order. Instead of plastic and paper, I ate off a ceramic plate with real silverware, and used a linen napkin.


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The bar selection was impressive.


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There were also refrigerators filled with water and soft drinks around the lounge.


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And tons of desserts. There were baked goods everywhere.


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Some were pretty fancy. There wasn't a whole lot to do in the terminal other than eat and relax, so it was nice to have some variety.


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There were even little bags of dried fruit and nuts to take on the plane, even though there would be tons more food once we boarded our flights.


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In addition to the lounge chairs, there were also places for passengers to spread out and rest.


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I was partial to the massage chairs, which had views of the airport exit.


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Lots of functions.


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Outside the first-class and business-class lounges, there were several areas around the lobby that anyone could use.


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There was a clinic that was open 24 hours a day.


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And separate prayer rooms for women and men.


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There was even a playroom equipped with Sony PlayStations. Not a bad place to hang out if you're a kid.


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A separate nursery had lots, crayons, and cute art.


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In the back was the nursery, complete with changing table and crib.


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The business center had space to work and several computer stations.


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There was an executive boardroom as well, for business meetings on the go. It had views of the runways.


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Plenty of reading material.