I'm posting this on behalf of my son, who will be flying Qatar Airlines (I think it was the least expensive option:-) from Barcelona to Tokyo later this week. He is faced with the less than thrilling option of a seven hour layover at Doha Airport and doesn't feel that leaving the premises is in the cards. A friend of his is a flight attendant for that airline, and she says the food choices are rather slim.....and a search of the website shows a food court and not much else. Anyone ever been there??? Any chance of a good meal?? He also wants to know if anyone will hassle him if he brings food into the airport, and specifically pork....(It seems the boy has developed a taste for Serrano jamon while in BCN and would like to take a last few sandwiches....:-)
Any other suggestions for shops and/or diversions there? The website shows a spa and other amenities but it appears they are only for the folks in the front of the aircraft...:-)
Doha airport is dire, overcrowded and with few eating facilities (3 fast food counters and a decent Costa coffee) . Things should improve when the new airport opens perhaps by the end of this year.
1- Use the large lounge shared by various airlines but it is $40. Worth it just for the comfortable space and some decent savoury snacks, cakes, fruit + drinks. QAirways have their own Business Class Terminal building adjoining the airport terminal but this is for bone-fide business class travellers. They also have a small lounge inside the airport, but I understand that this is very small and with few amenities.
2- Bring some food, although pork is not allowed. All hand luggage will be x-rayed at security, even transit passengers. However jamon should not get picked up by the machines, and at worse case say it is beef.