The inaugural Qatar Airways flight from Doha gets the water cannon treatment in February but the route's days could be numbered if New Zealand bans laptops and other devices from Middle East flights. Qatar Airways would consider cancelling flights to Auckland if New Zealand follows the United States in banning laptops and other large electronic devices on Middle East flights, its chief executive said on Monday.
The Australian carrier confirmed last December that it would offer the flights on its new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from March 2018, but details on the service, which will give Kiwis another stopover option, remain sketchy. Once the flights go on sale, we'll have answers to a few key questions, such as arrival and departure times, possible connections and how the first non-stop service between Australia and Europe will affect non-direct routes.
With a 12 percent growth in tourist arrivals from Qatar to Thailand, Qatar remains one of Thailand's most important tourism markets in the GCC, said Thai officials. Speaking to local media on the sidelines of a road show by Tourism Authority of Thailand in partnership with Qatar Airways held at Grand Hyatt Doha on Thursday, Thailand Ambassador Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum said Qatar was one of the two countries in the Middle East chosen by TAT for a pre-Arabian Travel Market roadshow because "they consider Qatar as one of the most important markets in the GCC.
Price: I paid $2004 for the round trip to Auckland from London Heathrow, plus $54 to secure my seat of choice on this leg of the journey. Given the Gulf states are ambitious and competitive, Dubai-based Emirates was recently knocked off its perch by regional rival Qatar Airways, whose Doha-to-Auckland flight can take a record 17.5 hours.
Motorists heading to Souq Waqif and the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara - two of the most visited tourist hubs in Qatar - and the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center () will now find it easy to get parking space for their cars with the recently upgraded Masarak iTraffic app which shows the availability of parking slots. With the increasing number of cars, parking has been a challenge and the smart parking feature of the app is seen as an immediate solution since providing the motorist information on the parking lots with available parking spaces will help avoid wasting time as well as decongest traffic.
In a country heavily dominated by private cars, the public transport is slowly gaining ground. The widening network of public transportation system and support services have won much appreciation from users.
Airline passengers flying from the Middle East to Australia face increased scrutiny and potential delays with the introduction of new electronics screening processes in three major transit airports. Passengers flying out of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha will now be "randomly selected" for explosive detection screening, and face additional "targeted screening of electronic devices."
Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are lending some passengers laptop computers and tablets to use on their flights following the new U.S. ban on allowing passengers' to take their own devices into the cabin on flights to the United States. The security measures introduced on March 25 could deal a blow to the big, fast-growing Gulf airlines, which depend on business-class flyers stopping over in places like Dubai or Doha for far-flung destinations.