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MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:32 pm

Hi dear readers,

So after you read part one of the the whole series of trips which can be found here MiddleEast Part 1:The Golden Falcon GF FRA-BAH-DXB (by Luxair747SP Aug 22 2013 in Trip Reports) , lets go on with the second part of the trip.
On the next day we left the hotel at about 9 AM as we booked a daytrip to Qatar on that day.
As United Airlines offers dirt cheap 5th freedom flights between Dubai and Doha and vv we decided to book the evening DOHDXB flight.
To get to Doha we chose Qatar Airlines, an airline we both havent flown before.


The simple route for today

As our QR flight to DOH was scheduled to depart at 11:30, we left the hotel at 9 and cought the metro to the airport where we arrived around half an hour later.

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Close to our hotel

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Landside

Check in was a breeze as there was nobody in front of us.
After getting the passports stamped and through security, we were airside, where we had a small breakfast, before boarding was already announced.

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THE FLIGHT
QATAR AIRWAYS DXBDOH
AIRBUS A320


Boarding was soon completed as the flight only had a load of around 50% of which most of the travelers were connecters.

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legroom

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the relaxed cabin today

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Refreshment towel given to every passenger before take off

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View

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Our neighbor

After a quick manual safety demonstration we pushed back and taxied to the active runway where we didnt have to wait long to rush into the sandy sky.

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EK 777

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After reaching the cruising altitude, the crew fastly sprang into action.
Today on offer was a chicken wrap, which you also sometimes get on Lufthansa.

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Legroom

There were also two drink runs performed, but i think when they have a full load it is only possible to serve one drink to each passenger.
After about 50 minutes in the air, we already started our decent again into the old Doha Airport.
I dont want to start now about the new DOH airport but i can tell you that it is about the same as the current problem in Berlin.
After a bit more than an hour in the air, we touched down on qatari ground and made our way to a remote parking position.

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Little Antonov waiting to cross the runway

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On stand


Last picture before leaving the aircraft

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Our beautiful Airbus

The bus, which took us from the airport has several stops, mostly for connecting passengers, but we disembarked at the arrivals terminal, where we found no queues and we were quickly stamped into Qatar after paying the visa fee ( about 20$).
Outside we quickly got a taxi, as our time in Doha was fairly limited.
Our first stop was Souq Waqif, a traditional market area. As it was quite cool there, we spend a bit of time wandering around the different shops and market stalls.

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After that we drove with another taxi to the shopping mall close by, where we did a bit of shopping, before it was already time to drive back to the airport.

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Luckily the taxi driver took as all along the Corniche, which is quite nice, but has a lot of constructions going on at the moment.





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Arriving at the airport well in time, the check in didnt open yet, but it was quite interesting to watch how different the travelers were.

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curbside

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curbside take 2

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Inside the terminal

I found it quite fascinating, that many people from the indian subcontinent traveled with larger paper boxes instead of suitcases and another phenomene i spotted was, that everybody of the has the adress written very large on the piece of luggage.
After check in was set up, there was quickly a line forming at both, premier access and normal economy.
As the flight was going on to Washington DC from Dubai, the check in was handled as a normal US flight, with a passport check before check in and all that, but wasnt a big affair actually.
We were quickly checked in and got handed our boarding passes and lounge invitation over.
Security was also here a breeze and we were quickly airside, where we had a look around before heading to the lounge.

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Duty free shopping

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Not a bad car

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A lot of airlines use this lounge

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UA uses the Oryx lounge in Doha and although it is large and has nice furniture, the food selection is fairly limited. But as they had a good Schweppes Ginger Ale, i was happy.
Also interesting to see was, that the full UA crew had their dinner in the lounge before the flight.

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Light food in the lounge
After some time relaxing, we headed to our gate, where another security check, this time a lot more exactly was performed.

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But as this flight only had about 40 people onboard for the short leg back to Dubai, this was quickly done and we were ready to board.

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Also interesting to see that the Premier Access bus was a lot more full than the general economy bus, but there were quite a few people of the US Army, who sat up front and filled up a big part of the business cabin.

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THE FLIGHT
UNITED AIRLINES DOH-DXB
BOEING 777-200ER


When arriving at the aircraft, we were greeted by a very friendly crew well in their age, but nice and very professional.

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Business cabin

The F/A in our section saw that we were taking pictures and quickly offered to take a pic of us, which was welcomed.

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All the flightattendants on our flight were really chatty and it was clear that they enjoy their job.
After a safety demonstration, both manually and on the screens, we had a quick taxi before lifting off into the dark night.
Soon after the seatbelt sign was switched off, the crew performed a drink run and gave out some snacks, which could be chosen from a snack basket.

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After that it was time to explore the IFE a bit and even if the screen is quite small, the selection, especially of music is impressive.
I could easily spend a long haul flight with them just listening to music.
Way too soon, the captain announced our decent into Dubai and after about one hour we landed back again in Dubai.
Immigration was a breeze again and an hour after landing we were already back at our hotel.

CONCLUSION


Qatar Airways is a nice airline and serving a hot snack on an hour long flight is great.
Also they had friendly crew and a well maintained cabin.
I wouldnt hesitate to fly with them on a longer sector.
United Airlines was also great, clean cabin, good legroom and an amazing crew made this short flight with them very pleasant and im already looking forward to the long haul flights with them later in the year.

The next report will cover the short hop over to Muscat in Oman in Swiss Business Class as well as Turkish Airlines on the rather interesting MCT-BAH-IST flight

Stay tuned.

Thanks a lot for reading.
Please feel free to leave questions or comments.
Cheers,
Johannes

Luxair747SP & Emek96
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:11 pm

Hi Johannes and Elias,

nice second part of your series. Good idea to try a UA 777 on that short sector. How was the takeoff?

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
I dont want to start now about the new DOH airport but i can tell you that it is about the same as the current problem in Berlin.

One big difference is that AB doesn't grow while QR keeps adding aircraft every few weeks...

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Our first stop was Souq Waqif, a traditional market area. As it was quite cool there, we spend a bit of time wandering around the different shops and market stalls.

Wow, quite deserted in the middle of the day. I went there in the evening some years ago, it was a very busy place.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):

The F/A in our section saw that we were taking pictures and quickly offered to take a pic of us, which was welcomed.

Good for you, it could have been very different...


PH
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:52 pm

The area under the wing in the pic after the legroom shot is called Al Wakra.

I've never seen Doha so empty. When did you go?
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:33 pm

Great Report,'

I really enjoyed reading this and part 1 as well especially the GF air meals seemed delicious in that part

Interesting comment about UA IFE and QR service, will give them a try myself

Look forward to more

Karan
 
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:00 pm

Wasn't it very hot? I would rather go in November?
 
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:53 pm

I really think UA's 777 IFE in Y is GREAT. They have a wide selection of everything. I even dare to say that it's better than NH's and LH's Y IFE. (just comparing it to those two airlines since they've been the ones I've recently flown on)
 
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:03 pm

Quoting atcanobbio (Reply 5):
I really think UA's 777 IFE in Y is GREAT. They have a wide selection of everything. I even dare to say that it's better than NH's and LH's Y IFE. (just comparing it to those two airlines since they've been the ones I've recently flown on)

I think the selection is good, but the screens definetely are too small, also the touch screen didn't work well.
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:32 pm

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 6):

i agree, they're are not as big as what other carriers have, but the content makes up for it.
 
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:52 pm

Hey, J.,

for sure an interesting read and pictures. that´s also my point of view,
Dubai is a good place as a base to tour around the region.

Looking for the next part now.

Greetings,
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:36 pm

Hi Johannes. Great TR. Wonder how UA thought of you all as just pax on the short sector. Hopefully they were friendly. I asked my ex Bro in law if he was flying, but no...otherwise I would get you all in First!!! I absolutely HATE UA's JCL thought the 2x4x2 layout sucks in my opinion. Their FCL though is quite nice. Really a lot like BA. The CO BusinessFirst is much more comfortable than the UA service. Thanks for sharing. See you in ZRH. Think we are at the same hotel, so cocktails will be had!
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:05 pm

Nice short report, thanks for sharing. These 5th freedom flights sure are a good way to sample foreign carriers outside their home market. Must be great to fly UA on a ME flight!
 
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:30 am

Hi Johannes and Elias

Another interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Nice to see such a fifth freedom flight like this.
Glad the crew took good care of you.

Greetings
Marc
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:47 am

Hi Johannes (and Elias), nice continuation of your middle eastern tour. Qatar look pretty good, and I'll try them out myself as soon as they join One World! Although they seem a little pricey on the LHR-DOH sector though.

UA look good on that short hop also. Nice that the crew offered to take your pic and seemed ok with it - I saw an article a few months back about how a guy got thrown off one of their flights for taking a picture of the seat. And I've experienced first hand how some cabin crew can be towards people taking pictures, so always good to hear some aren't totally against it.
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RE: MiddleEast Part 2: A United Day In Qatar DXB-DOH

Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:17 pm

Another nice M.E. report. Great that you got to try out an empty UA 777 on that leg - i'm not surprised it was so empty though.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Also interesting to see was, that the full UA crew had their dinner in the lounge before the flight.

Interesting - did they get their own special catering? I'd imagine they'd operate IAD-DXB layover DXB-DOH-DXB layover DXB-IAD....is that what they do?
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