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One thing that COVID-19 has going for it is that since I am not traveling hardly at all, it’s given me a chance to catch up on some previous trip reports. For this one, I wanted to recap the time that I was at the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge, which is the Business Class lounge in Doha for Qatar Airways.
I thought I would give an Al Mourjan Business Class lounge review so you can know what to expect from this Doha airport lounge. This was in October 2019 so of course pre-COVID. I’m guessing that the lounge experience looks a bit different now. Unfortunately, I am not able to report on the current/pandemic status of the lounge, but on the flip side, I would imagine that many reading now are not traveling now anyways! Hopefully, this Al Mourjan Business Class lounge review will give you an idea of the lounge for when travel returns back to quasi-normal.
Doha Al Mourjan Business Class lounge location and access
The Doha Al Mourjan Business Class lounge is located in the middle of the terminal, up an escalator and on the floor above the departures terminal. We had arrived the night before on a Qsuite Business Class flight from Philadelphia to Doha. We had stayed the night at the Ramada Encore by Wyndham Doha, so when we arrived at Hamad International Airport we had to go through immigration again.
When we asked where the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge was, we were told that it was just past the big yellow teddy bear. We got a little bit lost because we didn’t realize when they said “past the big yellow teddy bear” that they meant a BIG YELLOW TEDDY BEAR
I dunno – in hindsight it seems quite obvious but perhaps I was just not prepared for the SCALE of the yellow teddy bear I was supposed to be looking for 😉
We arrived at about 5:15 a.m. local time (GMT+3) for our Qatar flight from Doha to Casablanca, which was scheduled to depart at 8:40 a.m. Access is complimentary for Qatar Airways and Oneworld First Class and Business Class passengers, while Economy Class passengers can purchase access. Since we were departing in Qatar business class, we had no problem checking in to the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge.
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class lounge seating
The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class lounge is quite expansive (over 10,000 square meters), similar to the Emirates First Class lounge in Dubai.
You know that you’re in a gigantic lounge when it requires its own map
We were there early in the morning, so seating was not a problem at all.
I’d imagine even in busier times you wouldn’t really have trouble finding anywhere to sit as there are both separate rooms to sit as well as seating sprinkled throughout the lounge
Qatar Airways Business Class Doha lounge food
The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class lounge in Doha has a sit-down restaurant, which was serving breakfast during our stay.
Here was the breakfast menu
I had the Caprese sandwich
while my son had the Chicken Mortadella sandwich
He pronounced it “very good” :-). In the restaurant, you could either ask for a drink or use the self-serve section which had a variety of sodas, water and other chilled beverages.
As well, throughout the lounge, there are several areas with various snacks, coffees, or finger foods. Again, this visit was pre-pandemic so I would imagine there have been some changes to how these types of food buffets are handled.
Al Mourjan Business Class lounge amenities
There are a variety of different amenities at the Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class lounge, including a smoking room, conference rooms and cubicles, prayer rooms as well as separate rooms for “parents” and “children”. There is also a business center
We first checked out the game room.
Inside there were a few games and video consoles
I like the idea of a game room as a concept since an airport can otherwise be a pretty boring place for kids. However this particular game room was pretty underwhelming. Only one of the game consoles even turned on and we could not get that game (a horse racing game!) to work. The foosball table had no ball – we resorted to trying to play with a crumpled up piece of paper but that was about as satisfying as it sounds. My son tried out the Qatar Airways-themed race car, but the screen attached to it did not turn on and we could find nothing to do in it other than just sit in it.
We then took a tour of the family rooms which were much nicer. The Al Mourjan Business Class lounge has a separate family seating area. There are about 8-12 separate areas, each one of them with copious amounts of seating, a TV and a place to stretch out.
These areas are first-come, first-serve, so when we first got there we had about a 5-minute wait before one was available for us. We spent the rest of our time in the lounge in this family room.
The Bottom Line
If you have access to the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge while you are transiting Doha, you’re going to definitely want to stop in as it’s quite nice. Depending on the food / COVID situation, I would plan to leave yourself at least an hour or two to take advantage of the lounge while you wait for your flight.
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