- Complimentary snacks
- Complimentary finger food
- Complimentary soft drinks
- Complimentary house wine and beer
- Complimentary liquor
- Air conditioning
- Baggage storage
- Conference rooms
- Flight information monitors
- Newspapers and magazines
- Showers (payment required)
The lounge scene at Beirut airport is relatively limited. The home carrier MEA owns the lion’s share of the market (and real estate), while Qatar Airways operates a dedicated lounge for their own customers. Two independent shared-use clubs accommodate the bulk of other travelers: the LAT lounge, and the Ahlein Premium Lounge.
The Ahlein Premium Lounge welcomes premium and elite customers of a variety of airlines including Turkish Airlines, British Airways, and flydubai, as well as members of virtually every global lounge access program including Priority Pass, Diners Club, and Lounge Club. (Note that while British Airways premium passengers technically have access to the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge, the latter is closed at BA departure times.)
Ahlein Premium Lounge BEY design
The Ahlein Premium Lounge at Beirut airport is conveniently situated immediately after security, at the top of the escalators leading to the mezzanine floor.
First impressions are a mixed bag. Coming from the depressing check-in hall, the Ahlein Premium Lounge is a beacon of modernity and design. But it’s also busy, and sometimes loud. The smallest club at Beirut airport also happens to have some of the most generous access rules, which makes for a constant stream of visitors, 24 hours a day.
White and earth tones, dramatic light fixtures, slick furnishings, and a bold juxtaposition of lines and shapes culminate into a somewhat trendy, but relatively cold and ultra-functional design. The lounge lacks windows—and thus daylight—which adds to the slightly sterile ambiance.
The main open space is furnished with dining tables in a relatively dense setting, although there is also a variety of more intimate seating options. Behind the buffet is a small area with sofas and tall floor-standing lamps which add a touch of privacy, though solo travelers will find that single seats are lacking. Near the bar are two semi-private alcoves outfitted with an egg chair, an ottoman, and a coffee table. Away from the main lounge area, tucked away at the end of a hallway near the bathroom, is a “social room”—a mixed-use space with conferencing facilities and a TV, which happens to be typically eerily quiet, and thus a great place to plug in and work.
Power outlets can be found on the floor or along the wall, though there are relatively few overall.
Ahlein Premium Lounge BEY amenities
Despite its compact footprint, the Ahlein Premium Lounge boasts a complete line-up of amenities.
The buffet spread includes various kinds of hummus and dips, cold cuts, cheese, pastries, and a generous selection of sweets. Espresso, bottled water, juices, and soda are available for self-service; in addition, the bar offers a basic selection of alcoholic beverages, though the bartender can be elusive.
On the right side of the lounge when entering is a spacious smoking area equipped with comfortable seats, coffee tables, a TV, a beverage cooler, and a coffee machine. It is typically quieter than the main room.
The Ahlein Premium Lounge also features a colorful family room with a couch, a TV, and various toys and games.
Guests who wish to freshen up will find two accessible shower rooms (one for each gender) outfitted with rain shower heads. These are the only shower facilities at Beirut airport; neither the luxurious Qatar Airways Lounge nor the sprawling MEA Cedar Lounge currently provide this amenity. (Note that the Priority Pass web site fails to mention showers at the Ahlein Premium Lounge. Showers are in fact available.)
Other amenities include a dedicated Wi-Fi access point, electronic bag lockers, and a prayer room with an ablution room.
Ahlein Premium Lounge BEY bottom line
The modern and functional Ahlein Premium Lounge caters to the needs of regional and medium-haul travelers with a solid set of amenities including a simple but enjoyable food spread, a bar, bag lockers, a family room, and business facilities. Despite its compact footprint, the Ahlein Premium Lounge is the only club with showers at Beirut airport.
When it’s quiet, the Ahlein Premium Lounge is an enjoyable place to relax on a sofa with a sweet treat, or perhaps hide away in one of the semi-private nooks. At peak times, however, the club feels more like a cafeteria, and it can be difficult to find a seat.
Priority Pass members may want to use the Ahlein Premium Lounge should they wish to shower prior to their flight, then head over to the much more spacious MEA Cedar Lounge, which offers considerably more space to sit, and panoramic airport views.
You may have access to Ahlein Premium Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Star Alliance member airlines only.
|Turkish Airlines (TK)|
|Armenia Aircompany (RM)||Wings of Lebanon (W7)||flydubai (FZ)|
Ahlein Premium Lounge at Beirut - Rafic Hariri International (BEY) welcomes:
- All passengers, regardless of airline and class of service, for a fee.
- Select premium customers and elite members departing on an airline served by this lounge (see Airlines tab).