Qatar Airways used the presence at the Arabian Travel Market, the Gulf’s premier tourism trade show held annually in Dubai, to announce the launch of a shuttle service between Doha and Dubai, bringing the daily flights to 18 between the two cities, fourteen to Dubai International DXB and four to the new Dubai World Central DWC in Jebel Ali. Additional flights to Ras Al Khaimah add yet another regional destination to the Qatar Airways network, which, important for East Africa, will shortly launch five weekly flights to Zanzibar too.
The shuttle service will ease demand for passengers for instance coming from the airline’s Eastern Africa destinations like Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Nairobi as the airline offers some of the most competitive rates for travelers choosing to connect at Hamad International Airport in Doha to Dubai.
Said QR’s Group CEO Akbar Al Baker when making the announcement during a media briefing at ATM 2015: ‘The Doha-Dubai Shuttle caters to the needs of both business and leisure travellers, and provides them with a more convenient and time-saving option when travelling between the two cities. We are very excited to offer our passengers this fantastic new service that shows our passengers how much we appreciate them and value their time’.
Specially branded and dedicated check-in counters located at Row 5 at Hamad International Airport will be available for all passengers travelling from Doha to Dubai on the Doha-Dubai Shuttle. Passengers flying on the Qatar Airways Doha-Dubai Shuttle will also be able to take advantage of fast-track immigration in Doha, allowing them to clear passport control in a minimum amount of time before proceeding to their boarding gates located in either Concourse A or B, which are no more than a seven to 10 minute walk, on average, from passport control.
During the press conference were the media also given an update on the latest amenities on board for First, Business and Economy Class passengers. First Class passengers will now enjoy luxurious male and female sleeper suits from Italian designer Missoni, complemented by amenity kits by Giorgio Armani. Business Class passengers will enjoy Giorgio Armani amenity kits, tailored to male or female passengers and be able to savour the newly introduced Ladurée Parisian delicacies, available in both First and Business cabins, while Economy Class passengers will also benefit from newly designed amenity kits.
Mr. Al Baker also provided an update on the latest developments at Hamad International Airport – Qatar’s brand new airport which successfully completes one year of operations this month. The airport which has served over 28 million passengers in one year won three awards at the recently held Skytrax Airport Award ceremony in recognition of outstanding performance and services including the Best Airport in the Middle East award.
All good news for passengers from East Africa who prefer to fly five star via Doha to their final destination, be it in the Americas, Europe, the Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, the Far and South East.