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The Emirates Explorer: Dubai And Al-Ain On Qatar  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16154 times:

Exploring the Emirates: Dubai and Al-Ain on Qatar A333/B773


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Salaam aleikum, dear readers,

my son and me decided to do a trip together during the autumns vacation week.
At first LAS was on the list, KL offers a good fare from Germany.
But some days later a superb good offer by Qatar popped up, around 60.-- Euros per pax per leg,
collecting three different widebodie airplanes and perfectly fitting in my biz calendar.
More reasons to book needed?.

A good week only after arriving back home from Italy

The One And Only Lav Inop: VCE On The E135 (by FLIEGER67 Nov 11 2009 in Trip Reports)

the bags are prepared.



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Saturday, 24.10.2009

Fog and light rain, Temperature 11 degrees

Clear sky, Temperature 29 degrees
Duration: 5 hours, 50 minutes announced
6 hours, 15 minutes actual

Service QR 28 operated by Qatar Airways
Scheduled: 11.55 // 19.00 1 hour time distance
Actual: 12.00 // 19.15
Gate: C 6 Seat: 43B
Load factor: Near 100%


Qatar´s website is easy to navigate and quick. It also offers free seat selection during booking,
but it´s not possible to change seats after the booking process.
So, seat selection done, as usual in the rear cabin, was a real good thing this time.
Also online check-in worked properly the day prior to our departure.
Boarding was printed for 10.55 am. We secured parking at Tourcare, but heavy traffic and not the best weather conditions let us stay more time than expected on the motorway. So, arrived at around 10.00 am
at the parking and finally at around 10.30 am in FRA´s terminal 1.
The big board showed QR handling at LH´s desks. No way, the lady at the entrance send us to another area
where there are separate counters for Qatar. The board there showed "go-to-gate".
With only some five pax infront and simply no one behind us, it seems we´re somewhat late.
The nice guy there accepted our bags quickly, printed real paper boarding passes and stated that we need to go directly through security and to the gate.
No time to wait at security and after several diversions, it seems as usual at FRA nowadays, we´re arrived at the gate where boarding started only minutes later.

Our machine at the gate:
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AA behind:
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And the LH A343 beside:
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Qatar and US Air:
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Boarding:
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A7-AEA waited at the finger, the scheduled A333 delivered at 26.10.2004 to QR, one of 13 in the fleet and also the first A333 at all delivered to QR.
Leg no. 3 for me on type and a new entry to my log.
First impression was real good, dark red fabric seats, a clean and comfortable cabin, good legroom.
The staff above average friendly, especially that Indonesian lady which called my son everytime "sweetheart" and taking good care of us.

Comfortable seating:
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Screen and window view:
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Cabin:
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Full view:
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Croatia nearby:
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The cabin crew was very international, no european staff but arabian, indian, australian, african and also asian crew members.
The italian captain performed a very friendly welcome during boarding.
The US FO also with some more detailed and friendly informations later in the flight.

LX taking over:
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Turning:
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The queue:
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Departure was from the 4000 meters runway 18 today.
The route was Nuremberg-Prague-Ostrava-Krakow-Ivano Frankiwsk-Kishinev-South of Odessa-South of Simferopol-Samsun- Mosul-East of Bagdad-Basra-Kuwait and Bahrain. More eastern than expected.
Flight level 39000 feet.

Reaching Turkey:
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Nive view:
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Above Turkey:
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Snacks and drinks:
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Screen and menue:
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En detail:
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Service was also not bad. At first hot towels short after departure, followed by a snack and drinks. Further with the hot meal, several times free drinks and another snack prior to arrivals.

What about lamb rolls:
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Or seafood Paella:
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Let me say, we dont eat the hot meal and also the arrival snack. But the bread roll´s, brezels and chocolates
are ok.
The cabin temperature was to low from my personal impression, but my son stated it was ok.

IFE was working properly and my son was not amused when we approached DOH with a lot of movies more to follow!. Time goes by rather quick.
Approach to DOH started early and we finally touched down on the 4572 meters runway 16 in nightly conditions.
No airbridges here at DOH, so apron deboarding and by bus to the oldfashioned terminal.
We departed FRA with some minutes delay and also arrived here with the same delay.

Nightly logo shot at DOH:
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And the reg.:
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Bye-Bye:
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Connecting time was rather limited, but the flight was offered and with the annouced aircraft type not to thinking about the later one,
scheduled on the A321.
Cabin crew announced earlier that all pax with less than 60 minutes connecting time had to go to the ground staff for a quick process.
Well, beside some shouting airport staff at the entrance to the next security check there was no QR staff seen at all.
The board shows "last call" for our onward flight and the airport guy had no need to direct us to the fast line,
despite a lot of pax from our flight asked about it. So, some ten minutes at security while our flight shows "closed", till we´re in the gate area. Thankfully the gate was directly beside the entrance. We rushed in,
boarding passes checked, joined the bus and left DOH terminal again.
That was a rather short connection here, not a minute to long.




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Saturday, 24.10.2009

Clear sky, Temperature 29 degrees

[b]Clear sky, Temperature 29 degrees
Duration: 45 minutes announced
55 minutes actual

Service QR 118 operated by Qatar Airways
Scheduled: 20.10 // 22.15 1 hour time distance
Actual: 20.20 // 22.15
Gate: 5 Seat: 43 B
Load factor: Around 50%


Only a very low number of pax in the bus, so it seems, that most of them had boarded the flight earlier.
Sorry about the low number of pix according to the short time at DOH and also to the nightly conditions.
The bus approached the next machine and thankfully, it was the scheduled equipment.

Boarding:
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A7-BAE waited on the apron, a 777-300 delivered only at 04.03.2009 to QR.
QR operates in total 7 773´s.
Premiere, leg no. 1 for me on type.
Also here a international cabin crew, this time mostly asian, but also european and arabic members.
First impression was again real good, dark red fabric seats, spotless clean and real comfortable.
Larger inseat screens and better to navigate. Also the later used restroom larger than on the A333.

Seats:
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Again:
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Cabin:
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Nice lighting:
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Our seats again:
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And the cabin again:
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The captain was from the UK this time. He welcomed us in a friendly style during boarding.
No comment from the FO on this flight.
Departure from runway 34 in opposite direction to arrivals, over water at 21000 feet to DXB.

The route:
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Service was some cookies and also orange juice. The crew rushed around and really had hard work to serve
all the pax during that short time till we approached the final target today.

Service:
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Arrival on the 4000 meters runway 12L ontime.

Just arrived at DXB:
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The reg. secured:
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Finger deboarding and thankfully no lines at passport control.
The guy there was real friendly and in less than 2 minutes we´re welcomed to the Emirates.
Further on to bag collection. With that rather short time at DOH I hoped that everything worked out well.
Delivery started and my suitcase was with the first bags on the belt.
But my son´s bag doesn´t showed up. Airport staff walked around and after some ten minutes a guy send us to the desks the write a report together with some 20 other pax.
But, thankfully he called us immediatelly back, it seems the loaders forgot to open one container
and the belt started again with also ours on the way soon thereafter.
QR operates from the older terminal 1, as soon as you leave the secured area, arabia welcomes us with
lots of people from all nations hanging around, shouting , looking for parties of relatives and else.
By taxi to our accomodation, only some minutes from the airport.
The Ibis Deira City center, newly opened and for sure the place to go on a budget.

Ibis room:
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And lobby:
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Close to the airport, EK in the background:
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No wake up call needed here:
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Let me show you some explore the Emirates pics here.
Especially from a real recommendable ride on the newly opened, fully automatic Dubai Metro, which runs mostly above the main highway along the coastline. Thats like a scenic rollercoaster with a perfect view to all that skyscrapers.
Lots of also locals doing pix, it seems its a nice attraction for the people here.

Metro entrance:
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Ride the rollercoaster:
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No driver here:
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Lets go:
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Burj al Arab:
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Further:
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Around the corner:
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Some skyscrapers ahead:
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Burj Dubai:
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And further on with our next day through the desert to the oasis city of Al-Ain close to the Omani borderline.
Rental car agreement was done via a special offer code by Avis. The guy at the desk was ok, he offered us
a striking new Chevrolet, absolutely ok for us.
Driving was, let me say, like for example in Italy. Rules, well there are rules, but only for all the others,
not for me, so my impression from driving around here.
The hotel was not that easy to find, we saw it on the mountain, but its Omani land between, so you had to drive around
in direction Abu Dhabi and further back to reach the street to the mountain, finally fixed and reached the Mercure Jebel Hafeet.


The second highest mountain in the Emirates, the Jebel Hafeet with our hotel on top:
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The hotel garden:
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Dunes from above:
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Endless dunes:
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View into Oman:
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And also at night:
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Nice houses here in Al-Ain:
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Afternoon in the city:
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Good fare, up-to-date aircraft and real friendly staff. We had two good legs here on QR.
And also here I prefer the Boeing product between the Airbus widebodie machine.
No problem to go on QR again, but what else to do with the return legs also booked!.
People in the Emirates tend also to be real friendly, no problem to do pics also at the Metro.

Some more pics from Fujairah at the Indian Ocean, together with some close encounters during our ride through the desert and also the next two legs on a non expected machine coming soon.

Comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


Next: London City connections!.
24 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineEwRkId From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16124 times:



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The staff above average friendly, especially that Indonesian lady which called my son everytime "sweetheart" and taking good care of us.

I love those kinds of crews, esp the ones that make you feel so welcome!!!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
View into Oman:

That pool and the view is a great combination.

Really superb Trip Report, your son is really lucky to have his father take him around the world. I have been traveling with my grandparents ever since I was 10. It really changed my view on the world and how I view people and cultures.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16082 times:

Hey Markus, before I opened this report I was wondering ''will there be any of Dubai metro''? I was not dissapointed . Well done for sharing those photos. I guess you can do the loop and see Dubai very cheap on this Metro. How long does it take to do the whole line?

Lots of new places that have been built since I was last there a few years ago. Id love to see the new places.

QR looks good. If I understand right you didnt eat the Lamb rolls?? It looked very nice.

Great photos and nice to see a longhaul TR from you also.

Regards

Philip


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16057 times:

Hi Markus,

great report with many nice pictures, I had been waiting for this one.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
But some days later a superb good offer by Qatar popped up, around 60.-- Euros per pax per leg,
collecting three different widebodie airplanes and perfectly fitting in my biz calendar.

Fantastic offer.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
First impression was real good, dark red fabric seats, a clean and comfortable cabin, good legroom.

What about the IFE box on both planes?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Let me say, we dont eat the hot meal and also the arrival snack. But the bread roll´s, brezels and chocolates
are ok.

The meals don't look bad, but the presentation is a bit weak and the portions could be larger.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
IFE was working properly and my son was not amused when we approached DOH with a lot of movies more to follow!.

How many movies did they have (roughly)?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A7-BAE waited on the apron, a 777-300 delivered only at 04.03.2009 to QR.
QR operates in total 7 773´s.
Premiere, leg no. 1 for me on type.

QR operates the 777-300ER (77W), not the standard non-ER model. Good to see you got that magnificent plane - one of my favorites. Btw - QR has just received its eighth 77W.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service was some cookies and also orange juice. The crew rushed around and really had hard work to serve
all the pax during that short time till we approached the final target today.

Cookies are absolutely sufficient on that short flight. I'm wondering whether Emirates still serves a relatively large snack on that short hop. Here's what I got on my DXB-DOH flight in March:



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):

View into Oman:

Wow, what a great location.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And also here I prefer the Boeing product between the Airbus widebodie machine.

I can only agree.


PH

[Edited 2009-11-14 09:06:00]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 15972 times:

Hi Markus,

Really great report, nice to read about some long-haul traveling from your side again. I also liked your pictures from Dubai, especially the ones taken from the Metro.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
But some days later a superb good offer by Qatar popped up, around 60.-- Euros per pax per leg,
collecting three different widebodie airplanes and perfectly fitting in my biz calendar.
More reasons to book needed?.

No, definitely not!  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Endless dunes:

Fantastic! I really like these desert landscapes.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 15697 times:

Hola Markus!

No wonder you are going to the Emirates.... whole Europe has been covered on your previous reports.

Excellent as usual.

Glad to hear they have this super-friendly staff on board, it would be my airline of choice when travelling East; they seem to have a great product although some of their connections in DOH are pretty long.

I have been always fascinated by Dubai and its collection of skyscrapers around having a desert so close. Loved the pictures of your inland trip, astonishing views, both during the day and at night... really nice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Or seafood Paella:

Last thing I would have imagined on Qatar Airways flight.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15329 times:



Quoting EwRkId (Reply 1):
Really superb Trip Report, your son is really lucky to have his father take him around the world. I have been traveling with my grandparents ever since I was 10. It really changed my view on the world and how I view people and cultures.

I can't say it any better than this, but thank you for a breezy, informative trip report about a place I hope to see someday. I have a question about the IFE. Is it difficult getting accustomed to the closeness of the screen in the seatback? I always wondered about that. It looks like Qatar has some beautifully outfitted planes, and I wouldn't mind giving them a try. Dubai looks like something from another world. Thank you for the photos. Very inspiring.



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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15188 times:

Really interesting report - Qatar Airways are next on my list of airlines to fly on, once they launch flights here to MEL next month.
Loved the pics, esp of the Dubai metro - cant wait to go back and try that.
Also, like the square plastic containers that came on your meal from FRA to DOH. Different to other airlines!


User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15072 times:

Yet another good report, very enjoyable thanks.

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14631 times:
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Hi Markus,

What a great read, really enjoyed this, pics are very ncie as always.

Thate fare was a bit of a bargain, a bit of a no brainer to jump at it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Let me say, we dont eat the hot meal and also the arrival snack. But the bread roll´s, brezels and chocolates
are ok.

- I thought the food looked ok, what was wrong with it?

I have to say I prefer the A330 series over the 777's, I find they are just so noisy, I think Boeing forgot to put any insulation in!  Smile

Looking forward to the return.

Best Wishes

Mark



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6675 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 14405 times:

Hi Markus!

Excellent pictures especially fron Al-Ain! WOW! Looks amazing!

I flew on A7-BAE on 10Mar09 also DOH-DXB, when the aircraft was only 6 days old!

How much did you pay for at the Ibis Deira!

Looking forward to the next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14353 times:

Nice report Markus, QR seems to be performing very good. It's getting crowded down there, now that Oman Air also joined the bunch of Airlines offering good through fares to that area and Asia too.

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14217 times:

Hey, good to follow all that comments.

@EwRkld:

Quoting EwRkId (Reply 1):
I love those kinds of crews, esp the ones that make you feel so welcome!!!

Also my opinion.

Quoting EwRkId (Reply 1):
Really superb Trip Report, your son is really lucky to have his father take him around the world. I have been traveling with my grandparents ever since I was 10. It really changed my view on the world and how I view people and cultures.

Thank you, always my intention to show him as much as possible around the world.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Hey Markus, before I opened this report I was wondering ''will there be any of Dubai metro''? I was not dissapointed . Well done for sharing those photos. I guess you can do the loop and see Dubai very cheap on this Metro. How long does it take to do the whole line?

Thank you and Dubai without the new Metro, no way for us!.
Around two hours with our short stay at the final station.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
QR looks good. If I understand right you didnt eat the Lamb rolls?? It looked very nice.

Great photos and nice to see a longhaul TR from you also.

No problem with the lamb rolls, but I´am always special with eating in planes and my son followed me closely.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
great report with many nice pictures, I had been waiting for this one.

#

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
What about the IFE box on both planes?

Underneath the window seat, taken always by my son, so no problem for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
How many movies did they have (roughly)?

Sorry, dont checked the number.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
QR operates the 777-300ER (77W), not the standard non-ER model. Good to see you got that magnificent plane - one of my favorites. Btw - QR has just received its eighth 77W.

Thanx for the info.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Cookies are absolutely sufficient on that short flight. I'm wondering whether Emirates still serves a relatively large snack on that short hop. Here's what I got on my DXB-DOH flight in March:

Cookies and juice is definitely enough from my point of view on that short route.

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 4):
Really great report, nice to read about some long-haul traveling from your side again. I also liked your pictures from Dubai, especially the ones taken from the Metro.

Thank you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 4):
Fantastic! I really like these desert landscapes.

Me too.

@Roger:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
No wonder you are going to the Emirates.... whole Europe has been covered on your previous reports.

Excellent as usual.

Thank you.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Glad to hear they have this super-friendly staff on board, it would be my airline of choice when travelling East; they seem to have a great product although some of their connections in DOH are pretty long.

Definitely QR was a good choice for our travel.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Last thing I would have imagined on Qatar Airways flight.

Here too.

@Michael:

Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 6):
I can't say it any better than this, but thank you for a breezy, informative trip report about a place I hope to see someday. I have a question about the IFE. Is it difficult getting accustomed to the closeness of the screen in the seatback? I always wondered about that. It looks like Qatar has some beautifully outfitted planes, and I wouldn't mind giving them a try. Dubai looks like something from another world. Thank you for the photos. Very inspiring.

Thank you, it feels also comfortable without recline, no problem at all.


@Joe:

Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 7):
Really interesting report - Qatar Airways are next on my list of airlines to fly on, once they launch flights here to MEL next month.

Yes, I´ve noticed some advertissements about MEL starting in December.

Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 7):
Loved the pics, esp of the Dubai metro - cant wait to go back and try that

Give it a try, for sure an enjoyable ride.

@Andrew:

Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 8):
Yet another good report, very enjoyable thanks.

Thank you.

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
What a great read, really enjoyed this, pics are very ncie as always.

Thate fare was a bit of a bargain, a bit of a no brainer to jump at it!

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
- I thought the food looked ok, what was wrong with it?

Nothing at all, but I dont eat much in planes, my son too.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Excellent pictures especially fron Al-Ain! WOW! Looks amazing!

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
I flew on A7-BAE on 10Mar09 also DOH-DXB, when the aircraft was only 6 days old!

Hey, good to know.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
How much did you pay for at the Ibis Deira!

Unbelievable cheap around 60.-- EUROS for the two of us, B&B.

@Reifel:

Quoting Reifel (Reply 11):
Nice report Markus, QR seems to be performing very good. It's getting crowded down there, now that Oman Air also joined the bunch of Airlines offering good through fares to that area and Asia too.

Thank you and I´am looking around the Oman Air timetable right now.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 14000 times:

Hallo Markus,

Great stuff once again. Amazingly cheap fare on QR - I guess the market is getting a bit too overserved with all these airlines from the region. But of course no chance of seeing them up here in HEL, bummer.

I loved the Al-Ain pictures, very interesting. The metro pictures were great as well, although there's something about driverless, fully automated vehicles that freaks me out - the metro in Copenhagen being a good example.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
What about lamb rolls:

Those look delicious! You should've at least given it a chance!


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13864 times:

Hi Markus,

How nice to see your son joining you to DXB. A really dad and son getaway! Just wonderful!

I have been waiting for this TR! And I enjoyed it very much. It has been a long time that I read a QR TR! I am eying this airline again for our following trip!

Many thanks for the installment!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
No wake up call needed here:

Doesn't the hotel mention wake up call service?  wink 

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2989 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13857 times:

Hi Markus,

A wonderful TR, pretty well described and some good pictures as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Especially from a real recommendable ride on the newly opened, fully automatic Dubai Metro, which runs mostly above the main highway along the coastline. Thats like a scenic rollercoaster with a perfect view to all that skyscrapers.

I'm myself planning a trip to Dubai this December, I was really looking forward to experience the metro. Glad to see a glimpse of it!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13708 times:

Hello and good to follow some more comments.

@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Great stuff once again. Amazingly cheap fare on QR - I guess the market is getting a bit too overserved with all these airlines from the region.

Thank you and indeed good competition here between FRA and the gulf region.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
I loved the Al-Ain pictures, very interesting. The metro pictures were great as well, although there's something about driverless, fully automated vehicles that freaks me out - the metro in Copenhagen being a good example.

I´ve never done the metro Copenhagen, something for next year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Those look delicious! You should've at least given it a chance!

Next time, next time!

@Suryo:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 14):
How nice to see your son joining you to DXB. A really dad and son getaway! Just wonderful!

I have been waiting for this TR! And I enjoyed it very much. It has been a long time that I read a QR TR! I am eying this airline again for our following trip!

Many thanks for the installment!

Thank you.,

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 14):
Doesn't the hotel mention wake up call service?

Well, the classic outsourcing to the guys above the street!

@Ojas:

Quoting Ojas (Reply 15):
A wonderful TR, pretty well described and some good pictures as well.

Thank you.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 15):
I'm myself planning a trip to Dubai this December, I was really looking forward to experience the metro. Glad to see a glimpse of it!

Good to know, give it a try and show us some pics here.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13088 times:

Hi Markus,

Once again an informative read. You never seem to run out of ideas as to what to add to your log next! It seems you got an excellent fare on QR, you were quite right to book it immediately.

I like the pic of Jan on the plane, you can see how much he enjoys these trips with his Dad  Smile

And as for the location of your hotel in Al-Ain, well what can i say? Breathtaking up on the hill top like that with such impressive views.

Can't wait to read about the rest of the trip!

Happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offlineEgilsml From Norway, joined Feb 2007, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12719 times:

Hello Markus
Dubai is pretty hi on my "i want desperately to go there pretty soon" list.
It's so great that you and your son has the same passion in aircraft, and traveling!
Nice trip report as always and looking forward to the return trip.

Egilsml
Alta, Norway


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 12585 times:

Wow this was simply amazing... I flew on QR in April 2004 from FRA to AUH via DOH (the A300 was still around back then) and this made me want to fly with them again now that the 77W is in the fleet. Dubai really has changed a lot in the 5 years since. Though granted we only drove to Dubai and Al Ain on day trips from Abu Dhabi, this was by far the best trip I've taken (and I've traveled extensively through out Europe when I used to live in Germany).


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User currently offlineLYchemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 12572 times:

Did you say 60 EU a leg or am I dreaming? How can you do this?

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 12285 times:

Hey, good to follow some more comments.

@Hannah:

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):
Once again an informative read. You never seem to run out of ideas as to what to add to your log next! It seems you got an excellent fare on QR, you were quite right to book it immediately.

Thank you and no way to miss that thing.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):
I like the pic of Jan on the plane, you can see how much he enjoys these trips with his Dad

Thanx again, I will show him you ´re comment!.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):
And as for the location of your hotel in Al-Ain, well what can i say? Breathtaking up on the hill top like that with such impressive views.

Can't wait to read about the rest of the trip!

Also my opinion, it feels something special to view that large sand dunes and else from above.
The return part is coming up soon.

@Egil:

Quoting Egilsml (Reply 18):
Dubai is pretty hi on my "i want desperately to go there pretty soon" list.
It's so great that you and your son has the same passion in aircraft, and traveling!
Nice trip report as always and looking forward to the return trip.

Thank you and definitely worth it to go for Dubai.

@Chris:

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 19):
Wow this was simply amazing... I flew on QR in April 2004 from FRA to AUH via DOH (the A300 was still around back then) and this made me want to fly with them again now that the 77W is in the fleet.

Thank you and for sure, there was a lot done around Dubai the last years, time to visit this city again. And also several changes at QR, btw. love to fly that AB6.

@LYchemsa:

Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 20):
Did you say 60 EU a leg or am I dreaming? How can you do this?

Stunning isn´t it?
With me on the list at several ticket dealers and airlines, checking the fares frequently.
QR itself offered that thing in late September for travel till the end of October only.
And these together with a also special child fare for kids till 10 years calms the fare down to less than 60.-- Euros per pax, per leg.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11930 times:

Hi Markus,

Sorry for the late reply. Just returned from Turkey myself.
Good to see your story. Great stuff, all together. I like the impressions given of QR, and the first half of your trip. It can only be positive, to be honest. It seems that legroom on QR is really good. And you can't really complain for the fares you've paid of course.

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineP51Mustang From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11646 times:

Hi Markus!

Thank you for bringing back memories from my DXB Trip in January 2006!
You had the far better Ride than me, because i was stuck in a cramped Condor 753....


Thanks again
Andreas



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11552 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.

@Eric:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 22):
Sorry for the late reply. Just returned from Turkey myself.

Thank you and together with another A.netter on the same machine.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 22):
Good to see your story. Great stuff, all together. I like the impressions given of QR, and the first half of your trip. It can only be positive, to be honest. It seems that legroom on QR is really good. And you can't really complain for the fares you've paid of course.

Definitely, QR was a good and worth the money experience.

@Andreas:

Quoting P51Mustang (Reply 23):

Thank you for bringing back memories from my DXB Trip in January 2006!
You had the far better Ride than me, because i was stuck in a cramped Condor 753....

Thank you. As far as I like the 753 in terms of a hard to catch plane type,
it seems QR was the better one on that route.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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