Qatar Airways has just unveiled the opening of three new lounges at its hub at Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH), and the lounges are specifically for elite members. More lounge capacity is most definitely a good thing, though I’m still trying to figure out the full implications of this.
Qatar Airways opens Platinum, Gold, and Silver lounges
Qatar Airways has opened three new lounges in Doha, specifically for Privilege Club and oneworld elite members. These lounges add some much needed lounge capacity to the airport ahead of the busy Eid holiday, plus the World Cup later this year.
These new lounges are in addition to the Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge (for first class passengers), Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge (for business class passengers), and Qatar Airways Oryx Lounge (for oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members).
Let’s go over what we know about each of these lounges.
Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge South
The new Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge South is located in Concourse A of DOH. The lounge is open to Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum members plus oneworld Emerald members. The lounge has seating for 140 people, and is equipped with a quiet area, a prayer room, a bar, a restaurant (with a buffet and a la carte dining), and showers.
Qatar Airways Gold Lounge South
The new Qatar Airways Gold Lounge South is located in Concourse A of DOH. The lounge is open to Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold members plus oneworld Sapphire members. The lounge has seating for 85 passengers, and offers family seating, a bar, a dining area with a buffet, showers, and more.
Qatar Airways Silver Lounge South
The new Qatar Airways Silver Lounge South is located in Concourse B of DOH. The lounge is open to Qatar Airways Privilege Club Silver members (though not oneworld Ruby members). This lounge opened in March 2022, and can accommodate up to 195 passengers. The lounge offers meeting rooms, a family room, a quiet area, buffet dining, and baggage storage facilities.
My take on Qatar Airways’ new lounges
As mentioned above, it’s fantastic to see Qatar Airways adding more lounge capacity. While many airlines shrunk significantly during the pandemic, Qatar Airways gained quite a bit of market share, and the carrier’s lounges have been rather crowded.
Qatar Airways’ lounge access rules have historically not really been in line with the intent of oneworld’s policy. That’s to say that historically oneworld Emerald members haven’t gotten access to the Al Safwa First Lounge, and oneworld Sapphire members haven’t gotten access to the Al Mourjan Business Lounge.
However, for the past couple of years oneworld elite members have received access to the Al Mourjan Lounge. With the opening of these new lounges specifically for elite members, I can’t help but wonder if we might finally see oneworld elite member lounge access cut for the Al Mourjan Lounge.
I’m curious to check out these new oneworld lounges. If Qatar Airways isn’t going to let elite members into the general first & business class lounges, it’s at least nice that higher elite tiers get access to nicer lounges. For example, it’s cool that the Platinum Lounge will offer a la carte dining.
Qatar Airways has opened three lounges at Doha Hamad Airport, specifically for elite members. The Platinum, Gold, and Silver lounges add lounge capacity for 420 additional people, and will at least offer some differentiated service for oneworld Emerald members.
I’m curious to check out these lounges, and also to see if Qatar Airways finally stops letting elite members into the Al Mourjan Lounge.
What do you make of these new Qatar Airways lounges? If anyone has the chance to check them out soon, please report back!