Doha Airport
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Doha Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Doha Airport will be replaced at the end of the year with the higher capacity New Doha Airport.
  • The airport has struggled to keep up with growth – last year 18m passengers used the airport built for 12m.
  • It’s expected to get busier still in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
  • The airport has three mosques in the terminal.
  • Most passengers used to be workers in the oil and gas industry but now tourists are making inroads into that number.

Doha Airport Mini Guide

First Sight of the Desert
Almost everyone arriving in Qatar passes through Doha Airport, as it is the only commercial airport in the country.  The home of Qatar Airways it is now a major Middle Eastern stopover point for flights between Europe and Asia. It's current capacity is around 11 million passengers a year, but this is set to increase when the new Doha International Airport is opened later in 2011 or early 2012, this is certainly expected when Qatar host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Doha Airport

Before you Arrive
On all flights arriving into Doha, passengers are given blue, yellow or burgundy boarding pass wallets and matching hand luggage tags when checking in for their flight.  If Doha is your final destination you are given blue and you will be taken to the arrivals hall on landing.  If you are in transit and transferring to an onward flight you will be given yellow and transferred to the transit and departure terminal.  The burgundy are reserved for business and first class passengers in transit who are taken to the Premium transit terminal.

On Arrival
On arrival all passengers need an entry visa into Qatar, this is issued on production of your passport on arrival in the country.  One thing to mention – Qatar is a strictly Islamic country and no alcohol is permitted, should you have purchased duty free before your flight these will be confiscated and a receipt given so you can collect them on your departure from the country.

During Transit
Once you are through into the departure area, you will find that every facility you may want is available to you. If you're travelling with children you will find child care rooms on the ground and first floors, also a children's play area to keep them amused during your wait. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal so you can keep in touch or surf the internet. If you're feeling hungry then there is a food court in the departure hall and also five different Costa Coffee outlets for a quick snack. Despite being in an Islamic country, you will still find a duty free shop there, along with the usual cigarettes, drinks and perfumes you will find regular free raffles for items like luxury cars and free $1 million prize draws – good luck!

The Premium Terminal
Passengers travelling first or business class will have a 5 star luxury experience passing through the Premium terminal. If you are travelling on business maybe you need to hold a meeting or if you are on first class “trip of a lifetime” maybe you would like to take advantage of a luxury spa facility and have a massage to help with the jet lag. If travelling with children, there is a nursery and play area and for children of all ages, a state of the art games room.  Every passenger is wined and dined to the highest standard there and should you need anything else, just ask.
 

Latest Update from Doha Airport:

16/06/12 - The New Doha International Airport is now not due to open until 2013 increasing pressure further on the airport, especially as Qatar Airlines have announced several new routes into Doha

Driving in Doha Airport

  • R

    Road Driving Side

  • 60kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 0mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • QAR

    Currency

  • 25

    Min Rental Age

  • NO

    Tolls

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Doha Airport is very busy but a great way to get in to see the ever growing capital. Take a drive in your hire car around the city to marvel at the construction work that will lead to the development of some of the world’s tallest buildings.

Take a late afternoon walk along Al-Corniche, the seafront promenade so popular with locals as a meeting point when the cool breeze begins to waft in off the sea. Finally, spend an evening at one of the Doha Debates in Education City. They offer fascinating and balanced views on Middle Eastern politics.

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