■ Qatar Airways in-flight meal: https://youtu.be/bA8QuAdvoZ4
■ QATAR, DOHA: With a 14 hour layover at Doha airport ahead of me, and the country of Qatar completely closed down to foreigners with nobody allowed to enter, things were looking bleak for a good night’s sleep. As I wandered through the tax-free shopping transit area of the airport, which in any case was closed, I spotted an opportunity.
Doha Airport Hotel, a sign next to a lift read. However that idea was stillborn. For the price of a bed to sleep on for a measly 6 hours at Doha airport hotel is $300 US! An outrage I thought and stormed out.
With no hope off getting any sleep my mind turned to food. There are two airport lounges open to non-members at Doha airport. The Onyx lounge at $55 seemed hardly worth even $10, given their non-existant sofas, the world’s lousiest selection of chairs and an even worse assortment of so called snacks they had on offer. I’m not gonna pay $55 for an Ikea chair and some Wallmart cornflakes!
The other option is the Doha Airport Business Lounge. At $130 it’s nearly 3 times the price of the Onyx lounge, but does the food selection, sleeper chairs, sofas and other amenities like showers and two dinner buffets make the outrageous price worthwhile?
Harald went to investigate….