A five-metre long reception desk of hammered polished stainless steel greets Al Mourjan passengers

A five-metre long reception desk of hammered polished stainless steel greets Al Mourjan passengers

Recently we have published that Qatar Airways opened one of the largest lounges in the world for its Premium travellers and now here are some more details of its luxury design and technology.

Inspired by Qatari hospitality and underpinned by the luxurious industrial design sense of Antonio Citterio, a leading Italian designer, the Al Mourjan Business Lounge offer privacy and relaxation in a public space.

Fine treated and chiseled Ferretto Sandstone has been tested in the Al Mourjan Business Lounge for the first time – by a machine specially made only for this purpose. This special stone treatment is most visible in the prayer room corridor, which is washed by light from above. Carrara Marble used for the buffet tables was brought directly from quarries in Italy, while the buffet table in the lounge’s Resort Deli/Bistro was also cut from the same block of stone to guarantee consistency. Teak wood flooring in the open resort area, with rubber inserts, is the same that is used on luxury yachts.

State-of-the-art technology meets luxurious design at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge.

State-of-the-art technology meets luxurious design at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge.

Throughout the lounge the designers have introduced various yet complementary seating options offering customers a variety of choice. The majority were custom-designed by Antonio Citterio exclusively for Al Mourjan, while there is also furniture by famous designers such as Bouroullec Brothers, Bertoia, Fukasawa, and Urquiola. In addition, leading Italian and European luxury furniture design companies have also found their place in the lounge, including Vitra, B&B, Cassina, Knoll, Arper, Flos, Fritz Hansen and Unifor.

Technology also plays an important part in the overall design. The lighting technology in the open resort area provides natural shade as it projects shadows with changing colour temperatures and intensities together with different shadow patterns on the horizontal surfaces.

With an enormous range of options to choose from in the 1,000-seat lounge, including the main lounge area, resort area, family rooms, quite rooms, business centre, or in one of the four dining areas offering delicacies from Qatar Airways’ premium chefs, passengers will be immersed in an impeccable design taking their travel experience to an entirely new level.