Demand for Doha and Dubai’s sleep lounges increases

The private spaces provide a relaxing and socially distanced solution to passengers

Airport Dimensions, a lounge and airport experience company, has published figures highlighting how non-aeronautical revenue mix should remain strong post-pandemic and that spending patterns will change during the aviation recovery.

The company’s new ‘sleep ‘n fly’ Sleep Lounges based at Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) are exceeding expectations despite the effects of COVID-19.

Since opening in September last year, the Sleep Lounge at DOH – which has a capacity of 50 beds – has increased in popularity to record levels. Similarly, the smaller facility at DXB Terminal 3 has also increased in demand in line with pre-COVID-19 expectations since opening in last November.

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Collectively, both lounges have already accumulated around 100,000 guest hours of resting time and provided a social distancing solution to travellers.

“The uptake of our sleep ‘n fly Sleep Lounges in Doha and Dubai is very strong, and our private spaces are in high demand in spite of the challenges the travel industry is still facing,” said Errol McGlothan, managing director at Airport Dimensions. “This undoubtedly reflects a shift in traveller needs and patterns. Despite COVID, people still want to fly, but more passengers are now looking for a private, hygienic and comfortable space to relax at the airport due to longer dwell times and the desire to socially distance from fellow travellers.”

The private sleep areas at both airports provide passengers with a break away from the constant busyness. A variety of options are available to travellers, such as the single, couple or family pods – plus cabin options for larger groups.

Ongoing health and safety measures are currently in place at both sites, including constant disinfection of public areas which help neutralise germs.