Another Long Doha Layover
Summer Premium Adventures
In this Summer Premium Adventure (Warning: Long!)
- In the Summertime when the weather is hot…
- Off to Heathrow, British Airways Galleries North Lounge
- BA762 London Heathrow to Oslo – A321neo (EuroTraveller)
- Oslo Airport, OSL Lounge
- AY914 Oslo to Helsinki, Business Class
- Helsinki Airport lounging
- QR302 Helsinki to Doha (Business Class)
- Doha Lounge Stop Part 1
- QR946 Doha to Singapore (QSuites)
- Hotel Indigo, Katong, Singapore
- Exploring Hawker Markets
- Intercontinental, Bugis, Singapore
- Orchids Everywhere – The National Orchid Garden
- Off to Changi featuring the Singapore Pokemon Centre
- Scoot TR604 Singapore to Bangkok
- Dream Hotel, Bangkok
- Exploring the Wats
- Food Mistakes in Bangkok (Or Regrets. I have a more than a few)
- Back to Suvarnabhumi, Qatar Airways Lounge, Bangkok Airport
- QR833 Bangkok to Doha (QSuites)
- Another long Doha Layover
- QR175 Doha to Oslo
- Back at Oslo Airport
- BA767 Oslo to London Heathrow (EuroTraveller)
- Homeward bound
- Always Curious
With me on the ground, I had to navigate around the airport and to the transit area. Thankfully it was a short walk from the aircraft to the transit area.
At least it wasn’t a hike that required multiple walk-ways to clear – just the one
Once again, I had popped out at a point where boarding pass and items needed to be checked.
That was done quickly thanks to the premium lane. With that formality completed, I had other things on my agenda.
I headed down to the information desk – which is near BearLamp t0o locate a pharmacy (A Kulud Pharmacy is near the B Gates wing – easy to find from the Bear Lamp – although good luck finding it on any Hamad Airport map)
Yes. It was getting to the point where I was admitting I needed more than a little pharmaceutical help to get me over this hump.
With the most overpriced Imodium instants I’ve purchased (not that I was in a position to argue at this point of the game), my next stop where the lounge and yes the small room.
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge.
My boarding pass was blipped and I was allowed into the hallowed territory of the Al Mourjan lounge.
I headed over to the blue seats near the top of the lounge – namely as it’s not too far from the small rooms and it’s a near-constant supply of drinking water.
And yes. This is where I switched to water for nearly the rest of this trip. I had fully intended to use this lounge when I was booking this ticket originally (as it has a great dinner, drinks and breakfast offerings)… but the food in the lounge was the last thing on my mind.
Because when I’m ill, my appetite goes through the floor.
One of the lounge agents started to clean up the area where I was… and I asked if knew where I could find a paperclip. Why? I needed to swap my SIM Card over in my phone. Part of the problem was I still had the SIM I picked up in Thailand SIM in my phone and not my normal UK SIM.
Thankfully, the lounge agent had a phone opening tool.
I returned the opening tool to him as I swapped back to my normal SIM card.
With my phone back to normal, and I had a couple of walks around the lounge to see if there were any other nicer areas to rest in. I struggled to say the least (and it was a bit late to switch to the airside hotel).
I woke up, of course, feeling rubbish as hell. Even cold water couldn’t shake the nasty feeling I had off, and I’ll be honest – I was very close to offloading myself from the next flight.
I drunk some more water and had another comfort break.
Then, like anyone who has spent time with medical professionals, I self-assessed myself so see how bad I was.
- Could I walk?
- Could I walk for more than a few minutes without wanting the toilet?
- Did I feel nauseous at all when walking?
- Any other signs that I was ill?
So, 1) yes 2) yes 3) No and 4) nothing but tiredness.
Not the greatest conditions for me, but I would take it… and chance the journey back to the UK.
I had a look at the snack and drink options – but apart from water, nothing was calling out to me.
With time ticking on, I made my way out of the lounge, and checked where I was going.
And those hopes and dreams of a nice departure gate were crushed with a double-digit C gate listed.
Yes – another bus transfer. Fifth one this trip.
I headed down the CDE gateway and down the travelators (as the bussing complex is in the middle of the long arm of the terminal – so no luck with the transit system in this case).
Boarding for QR175 was in full swing by the time I got to the gate. I presented myself and was informed that the premium bus had long gone, and I would have to take a normal bus (shock and horror). The ground staff apologised and I thanked them for their helpfulness.
With a blip – I was allowed to proceed and head towards the waiting bus in the Doha heat. It was time to head back to Europe.
Even if I wasn’t feeling 100%.
Next: QR175 Doha to Oslo
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