The airport was built to succeed the earlier Doha International Airport, and is quite new, with more jetbridges and space.
It consists of one big terminal, with 5 concourses - A, B, C, D, and E - and two central plazas in the middle section to connect them.
To elaborate: the southern plaza connects A and B to the southern end of C in a T-like fashion, and the northern plaze connects D and E to the northern end of C in a Y-like fashion.
If your departing flight leaves in less that 45 minutes, then you can alert ground staff to speed up transfer formalities.
Qatar Airways is the biggest carrier at the airport, with many connecting flights. Doha is served by fewer additional carriers than Dubai, the home of Qatar Airways' arch-rival, Emirates. The major European airlines usually provide a single connection to Doha from their main hubs (e.g. Lufthansa from Frankfurt Airport, KLM from Amsterdam Schiphol), but minor ones do not. Most airlines of the Middle East, Turkey included (but not Israel), provide connections to Doha. Relatively few Asian airlines do so, however. The exception is a relatively good choice of connections to India and Pakistan, with Indian airlines such as Air India Express and IndiGo serving several cities.
Note that, due to a diplomatic embargo, there are no flights to many Arab states.
The Red Line of the Doha Metro serves the airport at the "Hamad International Airport T1" station. Because the line to the airport is seperate from the main line, some trains will go to the airport while others will go to the southern terminus of Al Wakra instead, so check the destination signage. In addition, this means that trains running northbound from Al Wakra will not stop at the airport, so a transfer is needed to an airport train at Oqba Ibn Naife or others stations to the north.
Buses serve the airport on routes 109, 727, 737, 747, and 777. The 7xx routes can be remembered because they are the model numbers of famous Boeing aircraft.
Your bus fare can only be paid with a Karwa Smartcard. You can purchase or top-up a Karwa Smartcard from the Mowasalat Information Desk near Baggage Claim Belt 5 & 6. There are three options to choose from:
- QR10 Card (USD 3): two inner-city trips within a 24 hour period
- QR20 Card (USD 5): unlimited trips across Qatar within a 24 hour period
- Regular Karwa Smartcard QAR 30 (USD 8): QAR 10 for the card with QAR 20 value, available to be topped up for future journeys
The north and south plazas of the terminal are connected via monorail, effectively connecting concourses A/B to D/E.
- Oryx Lounge. QAR 200 ($55) for a pass.
- Al Mourjan Business Lounge. For Qatar Airways Business and First Class passengers.
- Al Safwa Lounge. Exclusive lounge for Qatar Airways First Class passengers
- Al Maha Lounges.
- First Class Lounge. Lounge for First Class ticketed passengers and for some QR Privilege Club and oneworld alliance members.
- Business Class Lounge. Lounge for First or Business class ticketed passengers and for some QR Privilege Club and Oneworld alliance members.
- First and Business Class Arrivals Lounges.
- Unaccompanied Minors Lounge. This lounge is specifically for unattended minors. As only the minors and authorized adults can enter, it is very safe. It has lots of entertainment, with video games and movies.
- Special Assistance Travellers’ Lounge.
Eat and drink
- Qatar Duty Free. This brand covers the duty-free shops at the airport that sell a variety of goods.
Public Wi-Fi is provided free of charge throughout the airport.
- Oryx Airport Hotel, South Plaza (2 minutes from immigration).