Qatar Airways new Doha Lounge

Doha’s Hamad International Airport has been named the ‘World’s Best Airport’ at the 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

The airport also clinched the title of ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second time in a row and ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who spearheaded the development and growth of Hamad International Airport over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world.

“It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience.

“Our continuous investment in our facilities and pioneering initiatives in retail and hospitality within a single expansive terminal has made this achievement possible.

“At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations.

“We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including ‘Souq Al Matar’, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travellers, ‘Orchard’, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights and an array of high-end lounges.

“We remain dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the industry to maintain our position as the world’s premier airport.”

Hamad International Airport achieved a significant milestone in 2023, witnessing an exceptional surge in passenger traffic.

Serving over 45 million passengers, the airport experienced a 31% increase compared to the previous year, surpassing the momentum established during the historic FIFA World Cup.

The airport also welcomed new airline partners, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Japan Airlines and serves over 250 destinations, including passenger, cargo, and chartered flights.

Getting to Doha

WAYFARER recommends flying to Doha in Qatar Airways’ phenomenal QSuite, which was first unveiled in 2017 and has quickly become one of the best Business Class cabins the world has ever seen.

Qatar Airways launched its QSuite Business Class product in early 2017 and the airline’s CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, promised it would revolutionise travel across the globe.

He has certainly come through on his promise because QSuite has become a first class product in business class and it is an experience that right now that is still one of the best and most awarded in the sky.

Patented by Qatar Airways, Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.

Adjustable panels and moveable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together.

Qatar Airways currently flies to Doha from over 140 destinations worldwide, where you will experience Hamad International Airport, currently named the ‘Best Airport in the World’ by the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management