QATAR Airways has opened the world’s only dedicated first and business class terminal at Doha International Airport.
The new Premium Terminal opened to passengers on November 26, a week before the start of the 15th Asian Games taking place in Doha. Qatar Airways is the Official Airline and Prestige Partner of the event.
Built in just nine months at a cost of $90million, the 10,000sqm terminal features facilities ranging from exclusive check-in, duty-free shopping, conference rooms, nursery and play area to spa treatment rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi, fine dining restaurants, Sony PlayStation games and 24-hour medical centre. Water features are evident throughout.
The innovative facilities are designed to provide Qatar Airways’ most loyal customers with the best levels of comfort and hospitality prior to catching their flight. The development is part of a $200million expansion at Doha International Airport.
The Premium Terminal – open round-the-clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – is being seen as a benchmark in the region and, indeed, the rest of the world, for Qatar Airways passengers beginning their international journeys in style. It is available to first and business class passengers flying Qatar Airways from Doha or in transit.
From the moment they step into the Premium Terminal, where they will be met by a concierge, passengers are able to enjoy a hassle-free and memorable experience. They can relax, unwind and shop before catching their flight to any one of the award-winning airline’s 70 destinations worldwide.
More than 150 specially trained staff have been recruited to work in the new facility. UK-based spa specialist Elemis is providing all the treatments, which include manicures, facials and massages.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “The new terminal for premium passengers is a big boost for Qatar Airways. Yet another world first, the Premium Terminal goes one step further by exceeding passenger’s expectations. It’s innovative, it’s unique, and it’s truly one of a kind.”
Etihad Airways has unveiled a similar facility for passengers flying in its Diamond and Pearl Zones from Abu Dhabi. The new check-in facility provides latest flight information via TV screens placed above each counter, comfortable seating and fast-tracking through immigration. Once checked-in and through immigration, travellers can relax in Etihad’s premium lounge, which offers a wide selection of hot and cold buffet dishes as well as beverages. It is equipped with laptop connections, high-speed internet access, fax and phone facilities, and Guests can also use the nearby gym and shower facilities for a small charge.