Hamad Airport (HIA) among world’s best airports for layovers

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Hamad Airport (HIA) among world’s best airports for layovers

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been named as one of the best airports in the world for those wishing to spend some quality time during transit, according to TIME magazine.

Transit passengers can see stunning architecture and international artworks, most notably a 23-foot bronze teddy bear that sits inside a lamp. 

Stepping inside the Hamad International Airport, passengers can experience luxury and space, sophistication and elegance. High ceilings and expansive concourses give a sense of grandeur, while designer touches and beautiful art installations create an environment far beyond convention.

“I don’t find myself there often, but I really like connecting in Doha,” says Zach Honig, editor-at-large for The Points Guy. This layover is ideal for travellers who have time—and money—to spare. If you fly Qatar Airways business class, you’ll get access to the Al Mourjan Business Lounge in the airport, which includes posh showers, nap pods, a large dining room and a high-end bar, he says.


Flying first class? One can go to the Al Safwa First Lounge, where you’ll find private bedrooms, à-la-carte dining and cool architecture, he says. And if you have a little more time on your hands, consider staying at the four-star Oryx Airport Hotel located inside the airport.

“Guests have access to a full-size pool and a sizeable fitness centrr with a variety of equipment — it even includes a couple of squash courts,” Honig says.

Doha’s airport also has a variety of duty-free shops and perhaps the funkiest airport art in the world, according to Honig. 

There are also prayer rooms, a nursery, baths and shower rooms with free facilities. Travellers in the lounge enjoy a range of services and benefits including on-demand dining, a business centre, luxury spa and family space.