I could write a lot here but I think I let the photos speak for themselves – plus I would like to post them as close to the experience as possible:-)
So inflight wise – 17+ hours from Auckland to Doha – it does help being lucky and enjoying this longest of long-haul flights in the front of the plane…. with the lie flat bed and impeccable service that half a day of flying went rather quickly and I even managed a good few hours of sleep.
I am going to sound really posh… still in Auckland sitting on the tarmac my seat neighbour, a elderly gentleman from Takapuna/Auckland complained about the lack of Champagne of any kind before even leaving Auckland…. I can think of worse things to happen but for him it was a biggy:-)
Then there where the two gentlemen in front of me who from behind looked identical (see photo) – made me giggle to myself.
Arriving into Doha at 11pm and the outside temperature still 34deg Celsius we had to embark onto the tarmac and got taken to the terminal via bus – getting out of the plane is like hitting a wall – the heat is just so intense. I have experienced this before in Dubai but every single time it gets me.
Onto the pleasures of spending a few hours at the Hamad Airport Al Mourjan Business Lounge….. This lounge is huge, it runs over two levels and has not just plenty of seating with power points and USB charging points but other amenities include: A Business centre, a quiet area where one can sleep in 11 little cubicles or get a massage (like I did), two areas with plenty of showers, a locker room (to lock in your carry on luggage so you do not have to carry it around the lounge) , a spectacular staircase and in theory a infinity pool but it was empty today, also 2 restaurants and many drinks stations. Since it is Ramadan no alcohol is served but I can do without that.
The food is a mixture of Arabian and Western mixed with a bit of Asian as far as I could tell and is presented to a very high standard. Staff are plentiful and very helpful and friendly but not overly so.
I did enjoy a lovely massage from a Bhutanese Lady who was more than happy to tell me about her country and learn about mine – loved it.
The airport also boasts more than 70 retail stores and countless eateries (even have a Harrods and a BK) but it is a bit on the pricey side I find (coming from NZ) – but then again which airport isn’t?