I am not a smoker, but provide airport smoking guides in an effort to help smokers and reduce second-hand smoke. My views on smoking at airports remain unchanged. Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH) claims to be a “smoke-free facility” but in reality smoking rooms are widely available.
Smoking At DOH Airport
Very simply, as you make your way through the terminal, you will come across separately-ventilated smoking rooms every 100 meters or so.
At midnight, ahead of Qatar Airways’ late-night departure bank, the smoking rooms will be packed. As a non-smoker, I cannot imagine how nasty that must be to be in a room that is absolutely packed with smokers huddled around ashtrays trying to smoke a cigarette or two or three ahead of their flight.
One complaint is that when these rooms are so full, the smoke does waft out and you smell it in the departure hall (faintly, but it is there). It would be nice if they were double-doored.
Other smoking rooms require you to walk down a hallway in order to enter, which further reduces the risk of second-hand smoke.
You will have no trouble finding a place to smoke here, though no restaurant offers a smoking area nor is there any outdoor terrace that I am aware of in which smoking is permitted.
Doha Hamad International airport is a smoker-friendly airport. You will easily find a place to smoke before your flight or during a layover.
A personal request. I write these smoking guides even though I am a non-smoker to try to keep people from smoking outside airport entrances. Understand that when you smoke there, everyone walking by inhales your smoke. However, when you use the designated areas, no one smells it except those who choose to be there (as long as the door remains shut).