Qatar – DOHA Airport

– SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

We used our British Airways air miles to book our flight from Egypt back to Asia.  This is a very cost-effective method of flying, but it presents to you very few options to choose from.  The cheapest option for us that also worked well with our plans was a connecting flight through DOHA airport, the capital of Qatar.  Unfortunately the flight arrived in DOHA at 10pm and departed at 6am the next morning, so we couldn’t get out to see any of Qatar.  This layover was all spent in the airport, and of course since we used air miles we were not eligible for a hotel voucher on an international flight of 8 hours or more.

We arrived at the airport and it was very impressively designed.  Admittedly, I know very little of Qatar, but what I saw was impressive.

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Qatar Doha International Airport

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Qatar Doha International Airport – this is how they designated the sections for flights. Each pod had a letter and each pod then contained multiple departure gates.

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Qatar Doha International Airport – cool & fun statues were placed throughout to keep the kids entertained.

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Qatar Doha International Airport – cool & fun statues were placed throughout to keep the kids entertained.

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Qatar Doha International Airport – the ceiling lighting design worked very well for an airport.

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Qatar Doha International Airport – this was the quiet room where I slept overnight (for the 2 hours I did manage to sleep). There was no covered top, so the noise from people on the high travelator or the kids screaming just outside the door were heard loud and clear. There were separate sections for men and women. The men’s was clear glass while the women’s was opaque glass.

The alarm woke us up in time to take a quick bathroom break and then on to our gate for the flight to Hong Kong!  Not a great overnight stay, but certainly not the worst overnight stay I have had on this trip thus far.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.