musapapaya
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Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:08 am

Hello all

I know this is not really related to aviation but I would like to ask if fellow boardmates have any opinions on this.

My dad in HK is visiting me here in the UK (Manchester airport) and flying with Qatar airways. On the return leg he has a 18 hour stop at doha and would like to visit the city.

1. Does he (a british passport holder) needs a visa to get into Doha?
2. What could he expect from this 5 star airline?
3. What can he do in the city during that 18 hours?
4. How does doha compare to dubai as a city?

My mum suggested him flying with emirates at a similar price but I told my dad to avoid their 777 which is 3-4-3 in seating. The cost of his return flight was about 350 pounds inclusive tax, nice value right?

Thanks for all your replies!

William

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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:27 am

Hi!

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
1. Does he (a british passport holder) needs a visa to get into Doha?

He can get his visa upon arrival at Doha Airport, since he has a British passport.

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
2. What could he expect from this 5 star airline?

Well, a lot! The service is excellent, and the IFE is also excellent. He can watch Live TV. I don't want to showcase the airline, but I tried it and was very pleased.

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
3. What can he do in the city during that 18 hours?

The airline should provide him with a hotel accomodation in the city. Places to go include: City Center Mall, Souq Wakif (the old traditional spice shops in Doha), Sports City (Home of the 2006 Asian Games, and 2 shopping malls), the Cornish, (long bolevard by the harbour whcih he can stroll in the pleasent weather.

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
4. How does doha compare to dubai as a city?

Doha is quiter than Dubai, not quite as cosmopolitan and busy, but still nice to visit.

Enjoy your visit  Smile
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:30 am

1 - As a British passport holder he can just get a visitor visa at the airport on arrival. The last time I got one it cost QR60.

2 - QR's in-flight service is very good, especially if business or first.

3 - There isn't an awful lot to do in Doha. It's quite a nice city, but not very many "touristy" things to do. The Corniche is very nice, he could take a dhow across to Palm Island or visit either the Sheraton or Intercontinental hotels for a spot of sun bathing. Depending on when he's travelling, the Asian Games might be on!

4 - Not really a direct comparison. I've spent a lot of time in both and much prefer Dubai. In a few years Doha might get close to where Dubai is now. This is not a criticism of Doha, I did enjoy myself while I was there.
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:35 am

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
1. Does he (a british passport holder) needs a visa to get into Doha?

Yes, to enter Qatar you will need a tourist or business visa. As your Dad holds a British passport then he will have to pay $15 or QR55 to enter the country. Payment is made at the immigration desks at Doha Airport.

http://www.qatarairways.com/0.57.0.0.1.0.htm

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
2. What could he expect from this 5 star airline?

A very good service, perhaps one of the best around. Just ask around here at a.net, many have positive responses. He will be given a free food and beverage selection on all of his flights. Service is indeed five star. If he is travelling on any night flights; then he will able to experiance the wondeful cabin mood lighting (which is very cool!!).

He will travel on the A330 on both routes; a very new and nice aircraft at QR. The aircraft are very well maintained. They will feature AVOD on most; if not all A330's. (300's are all equiped, a few 200's are still being upgraded IIRC)

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
3. What can he do in the city during that 18 hours?

Shopping, shopping and shopping  Wink
You can also take a city tour; or maybe even take part in some sea-based activities.

More info here:
http://www.world66.com/asia/middleeast/qatar/doha

Doha is a very nice city, many have said it will turn into a "Dubai" in the future, so now is the time to visit before it builds up  Smile

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
4. How does doha compare to dubai as a city?

As I said above; many feel Doha is turning into Dubai. Doha is a smaller city with less building work. It is slightly more scaled down than Dubai, for example it does not have as many hotels about.

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
My mum suggested him flying with emirates at a similar price but I told my dad to avoid their 777 which is 3-4-3 in seating. The cost of his return flight was about 350 pounds inclusive tax, nice value right?

I would personaly fly QR over EK, but the 3-4-3 seating isn't to bad.

Just to mention, Doha airport isn't too great  Wink

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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:42 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 2):
Depending on when he's travelling, the Asian Games might be on!

Thanks for your reply.
My dad will be in doha on the day of 19th December, is the game still on then?
cheers
William
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:44 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 3):
They will feature AVOD on most; if not all A330's. (300's are all equiped, a few 200's are still being upgraded IIRC)

Apologies but I could not find on the website whether my dad will be on a 330-200 or a 330-300?..... how can i find it out?

I wanna fly with them myself one day too!!
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:50 am

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 5):
Apologies but I could not find on the website whether my dad will be on a 330-200 or a 330-300?..... how can i find it out?

Well the A330-200 and 300 often change around, espeicaly on MAN routes. So if you perhaps PM your Dad's dates and I will find out for you?

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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:51 am

The games end on the 15th. But you Dad will likely still see some sprinting action in the form of Russian prostitues running from the cops outside the Al-Marouj Hotel  Wink

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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:26 am

Good time to visit, government are ripping people off as visa charge has gone up to 100 Riyal, they expect everyone to go and see the sporting action.

One year ago on a flight BKK-DOH-LGW I had a 20 hour layover, was refused hotel or lounge pass, went to city to wander around, checked into the Mercure hotel which happened to be cheapest at the time. - Maybe QR will provide you with accomodation in order to justify the 5 star ranking bought from Skytrax.

During the asian games you will have to sell a kidney to finance a hotel stay as the city is rather busy and price/availabily not favourable.

Dare I say Emirates should be very worried by QR, my journeys have been very pleasurable with them. In economy I rank the overall product better that SQ.

The crew sometimes do not look very happy however you wouldnt if you had to put up with curfews, unstable rosters, not being able to leave the country without an exit permit, the list goes on.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:54 am

Quoting Musapapaya (Thread starter):
What could he expect from this 5 star airline?

Only the best!
My flight to DOH with QR was the greatest I've ever had (and it was a A300... yeah!  Wink)
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:40 pm

Your dad won't go wrong with Qatar Airways.

The transit time in Doha can be a bit of a drag without the lounge but there's a rather pleasant cafe/small restaurant where he can grab a bite to eat for just a few Riyals at the northern end of the terminal building with plenty of seats even during busy periods.

The city itself is wonderful and well worth a stroll around.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:49 pm

The Premium Terminal for Business and First Class customers at Doha Airport opens this weekend.... complete with Spa, Jacuzzi's, Massages etc etc..... if your dad flies in C or F, he will probably enjoy the new lounge.
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RE: Qatar Airways And Doha...

Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:18 am

My parents flew just a week ago LHE-DOH-LHR and have been doing it for the last 5 years twice a year and they are really really happy with the all round service, ground and air. The one thing however they aren't happy with is Qmiles they say a lot of their miles were never credited and they could have had enough for a return LHR-DOH in Business this time but because of one missing segment never credited they will miss out, other than that they say its great service!

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