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| Hamad Airport is a very big and impressive looking airport. You can get free and fairly fast wifi if you sign in with your booking reference and surname, though they do block Whatsapp use for some reason, which was very inconvenient. Security to get through to the transit area is quite quick, though their body scanner is probably the most sensitive one around. I had scans at two other airports on the same day and no problems. At Hamad airport, you will have to get patted down. Probably due to a metal trousers zipper, but other scanners ignored this. As far as the duty free shops and restaurants go, I was very unimpressed. The place is extremely expensive and in fact a rip off and not a great selection. For example a 500ml water bottle is equivalent to £3.60 and most foods are 2-4 times more expensive than UK prices, which are high in the first place. Fragrances were 2-3 times more than UK high street prices too. Most clothing shops were very high end luxury brands, so I avoided them. On different occasions, I tried a Burger King burger, chicken curry and coffees. All very bad and the curry chicken was full of bones and tastleless. The only product that I saw that was cheapish were the cigarettes, though I don't smoke, so no benefit for me. They do provide lots of seating areas with plug sockets to charge your smartphones, though most of these do not work, so are useless. There are also reclining type seats to lie down on and try and rest on. This is however very difficult, when they have their security staff making a lot of noise with their walkie talkies right next to them. In summary they have good basics, very poor selection of shops, sky high prices and terrible food and drinks. I do not recommend a long transit stay of more than 4 hours.