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Hamad International Airport Commemorates Milestone of Serving Over 50 Million Passengers in A Year

DOH has the 2nd best air connectivity in the Middle East according to the ACI Asia-Pacific and Middle East Air Connectivity Ranking 2023 Doha, 23 May 2024: Hamad International Airport (DOH) is proud to announce a significant milestone, having served over 50 million passengers in a rolling 12-month period for the first time in its history. This remarkable achievement comes in the airport's 10th year of operations, reflecting its growth and strategic positioning as a vital global aviation hub. The Qatar based facility has 25 per cent point-to-point passenger operations. This is attributed to the increasing number of international visitors to Doha, which increased by 58 per cent in 2023 in comparison to the previous year, as per the tourism report by Qatar Tourism, showcasing the city's appeal as a premier travel ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo Rejoins Forces with Animal Defenders International to transport six young lions home to Africa

Six young lions rescued from the illegal wildlife trade as a part of Qatar Airways Cargo WeQare initiative Qatar Airways Cargo has once again assisted Animal Defenders International, this time by transporting six young lions from the illegal wildlife trade to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in Johannesburg.   Known as the “Kuwait 6”, the males Muheeb, Saham, Shujaa, Saif, and females Dhubiya and Aziza were either seized or captured after being abandoned and cared for at Kuwait Zoo. Animal Defenders International (ADI) was contacted by Kuwait government officials to help the lions, so ADI offered them a home at their 455-acre sanctuary in South Africa. Mark Drusch, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo said: “We are proud to once again be supporting ADI, this time in bringing these six beautiful lions ......read more

Qatar Executive Welcomes the World's First Gulfstream G700 Aircraft to Doha

Qatar Executive is currently the only international operator of the ultra-modern G700 on a private charter basis The Qatar Airways subsidiary was also the first Gulfstream customer to receive delivery of the aircraft 22 May 2024: Dubai, UAE – Qatar Executive (QE), the corporate jet subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group, has officially welcomed the delivery of two new Gulfstream G700 aircraft to the fleet, becoming the worldwide exclusive commercial operator of the aircraft. Qatar Executive is the first carrier to offer the Gulfstream G700 to charter customers, continuing to provide an ultra-modern fleet with the ultimate in aircraft capabilities, luxury and performance. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “Today we welcome the industry’s highest performance ......read more

Pickl Opens its Doors Today!

Fresh. Fast. Food is ready at Pickl, West Walk today! Doha, Qatar -- (20 May 2024): Doha's burger scene is about to get a whole lot tastier! Pickl, the award-winning burger joint known for its fresh, customisable food, is opening its doors at West Walk today at 11 am. Pickl is all about top-quality ingredients and memorable experiences. Every burger is made fresh to order, with absolutely no additives, preservatives, or hormones. The signature Pickl menu boasts a wide range of options, catering to every taste bud - from fully customizable cheeseburgers to juicy chicken sandos and flavourful plant-based patties. The widely successful burger brand’s perfectly smashed patties, signature homemade pickles, and fresh fried chicken are absolute must-tries. And let's not forget their irresistible loaded fries and ......read more

Mandarin Oriental, Doha Marks World Bee Day

Doha, May 20, 2024 – Renowned for its steadfast dedication to sustainable practices, Mandarin Oriental, Doha proudly celebrates World Bee Day on May 20. From educational workshops to specialty spa treatments, room amenities and delicacies, the hotel will be humming with activity as part of the Group's commitment to promoting biodiversity conservation and ecological awareness. Mandarin Oriental, Doha, for the past 4 years, has managed 15 active beehives across Qatar in collaboration with Bu Saif's Apiary, harvesting its own natural Malika Honey. Named after the Arabic word for 'Queen,' Malika Honey is derived from the nectar of the fragrant blooms of the indigenous Sidr tree. This initiative not only underscores Mandarin Oriental's commitment to environmental stewardship, but also enriches guests' culinary ......read more

Msheireb Properties and Schneider Electric to Explore New Smart City Capabilities at Msheireb Downtown in Doha

DOHA, 19 May 2024 — Msheireb Properties, Qatar's leading sustainable property developer, and Schneider Electric, a global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore enhancing the smart city capabilities of Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD). The collaboration will leverage Schneider Electric's expertise in digital automation and energy management. As part of the agreement, Schneider Electric will conduct a three-month Proof of Concept (POC) project to showcase the capabilities of its Smart City Integration platforms. The POC will explore applications for traffic management, proactive and predictive maintenance of facilities for corporate tenants, predictive analysis for MEP facilities, and corrective decision-making to serve individual residents ......read more

What Is Schengen Insurance and How to Get It in Just 2 Minutes with QIC?

QIC offers a special Schengen travel insurance, designed to allow Qatar-based travelers fulfill one of the most important Schengen visa application requirements, and guarantee worry-free travels to Europe.  Doha, Qatar: 19 May 2024: Summer is the most favorite travel season for the community in Qatar, and as the school year ends very soon, many citizens and residents of Qatar have already started planning their supper trips, with Europe being on top of the list. For many nationalities, having a valid Schengen health insurance is a mandatory requirement as part of applying for a Schengen tourist visa, which allows travelers to visit a list of 29 countries in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, ......read more

Grand Opening of Salama Doha's new Moroccan seaside restaurant on Al Maha Island

At the crossroads of tradition and modernity, Salama takes patrons on an Oriental journey of higher taste, followed by vibrant entertainment in the late hours. Rooted in the rich culinary heritage of Morocco, glamoured up in the French Riviera and now broadening its horizons, Salama is opening its first GCC restaurant in the heart of fashionable Al Maha Island in Doha, on Friday, May 17, 2024. The flamboyant concept was originally created in 1999 by a French couple, Frédérique and Fabrice Dorel, in buzzing Saint-Tropez and Cannes. In 2024, Mohamed Hedi Mardassi, founder of Holdmar and instigator of the project, acquired the brand and developed a partnership with Aura Group International to bring Salama to the thriving Qatari market. “With Salama, we ambition to create the GCC’s premiere destination for Moroccan ......read more

IDAM at the Museum of Islamic Art Unveils Spring Menu Crafted with Premium Ingredients

DOHA, Qatar, 11 May 2024 – IDAM by Alain Ducasse (IDAM) at the Museum of Islamic Art, voted as the Best European Restaurant by a panel of industry experts in the recently concluded FACT Dining Awards 2024, offers its new flavours of the season featuring premium ingredients.  Curated by IDAM Head Chef Fabrice Rosso and Executive Chef Jeremy Cheminade, the menu heralds the arrival of Spring and showcases the best of local and international produce.  Starters include a standout dish of caramelised beetroot topped with luxurious Kristal caviar, cream, and beet leaf kimchi. For the main event, guests can enjoy the likes of 48 hour slow-cooked lamb in a broth of saltwater and seaweed. The tender lamb is then stuffed with a savoury combination of Spring herbs and seared for a crispy finish. Another notable highlight is the ......read more

QIC Group reports 11% growth in Net Profits at QAR 194 million

Qatar Insurance Company (“QIC Group”, “QIC”), the leading insurer in Qatar and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, has reported a Net Profit of QR 194 million for the first quarter of 2024, rising from QAR 175 million over the same period in 2023. Following a meeting of the Board of Directors dated 29th April 2024, which was presided over by Sheikh Hamad bin Faisal bin Thani Jasim Al Thani, Chairman of QIC Group, the Board approved the financial results.   Sheikh Hamad bin Faisal Al Thani, Chairman of QIC Group, stated: “QIC begins 2024 in excellent financial health. The first quarter of the year saw the company consolidate and build upon the progress it made over the previous year – with a renewed focus on strengthening profitable domestic and regional businesses, extending its ......read more

Ground Handling Priorities: Safety, Global Standards and Sustainability

07 May 2024 (Reykjavík)  -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted three priorities for ground handling at the IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) which opened in Reykjavík today hosted by Icelandair: Improving safety through reducing operational risk  Implementing global standards Embedding sustainability – people, planet, and prosperity – in all activities “Ground handling forms the backbone of aviation. It is critical to ensuring the safe and efficient transport of millions of travelers each year. With travel demand for the upcoming peak Northern summer season predicted to surge by 12% over last year, the ground handling sector will need to be ready. Our priorities are clear: improving safety, implementation of global standards and embedding sustainability ......read more

Qatar Airways Takes Home the ‘Best Regional Airline Serving in the Middle East', ‘Airline with the Best Business Class' and ‘Best Travel App' Accolades at the Business Traveller Mi

Travellers vote Qatar Airways as the ‘Best Regional Airline Serving the Middle East’, ‘Airline with the Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Travel App’, recognising the airline's ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation 07 May 2024: DUBAI, UAE – Qatar Airways won three prestigious titles, including; ‘Best Regional Airline Serving the Middle East’, ‘Airline with the Best Business Class” and ‘Best Travel App’ at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2024, held on Monday, 6 May 2024, during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai. The awards recognise the airline’s exceptional service and commitment to providing unparalleled travel experiences and elevating global and regional connectivity. With an expansive network of nearly 170 ......read more

Qatar Airways Sets the Stage for the Future of Travel at the Arabian Travel Market 2024

‘The Best Airline in the Middle East’ has set a new benchmark in travel innovation by introducing the World’s First AI Digital Human Cabin Crew on the inaugural day of ATM Dubai 2024 From its Doha hub- Hamad International Airport – ‘World’s Best Airport’ as voted by Skytrax in 2024 – Qatar Airways flies to over 170 destinations 6 May 2024 Dubai, UAE – Qatar Airways, an unprecedented seven-time winner of the ‘World’s Best Airline’ award, has captured the spotlight on the opening day of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024, with a stunning holographic display of Sama, the airline’s second-generation AI-powered digital human cabin crew. This innovative display, along with a cutting-edge stand featuring multi-sensory-rich experiences showcased the ......read more

Visit Qatar to take centre stage at Arabian Travel Market

The exhibition features over 1500 exhibitors and participants from more than 150 countries. Visit Qatar will be participating in the 31st edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) conference this year in Dubai, UAE from May 6 to 9 to showcase upcoming destinations Qatar offers to the travel and tourism industry. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to explore new areas in the tourism market, highlight the benefits of cooperation, and attract additional investment in the tourism sector. During its participation, Visit Qatar will lead a diverse delegation team consisting of 43 representatives of tourism sector, in the Qatari Pavilion at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Visit Qatar double decker stand,  spans over 600 square metres with 150 square metres for the upper deck. The stand has a digital ‘inspiration wall’ ......read more

Hamad International Airport Sets New Record in Q1 2024, Surpassing Previous Q1 Figures

Doha’s airport was just named the World’s Best Airport 2024 by the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards Doha, 29 April 2024: Hamad International Airport (DOH) continues to strengthen its position as a global aviation hub, with Q1 2024 marking its busiest quarter yet, surpassing all previous records set in 2023. This quarter saw a remarkable surge in passenger traffic, recording a 27.6% increase, as well as significant growth in aircraft movements by 23.9% and cargo operations by 15.4%. Hamad International Airport saw a total of 13,171,540 passengers during the first quarter of 2024 – moving 4,533,212 passengers in January, 4,368,710 passengers in February and 4,269,618 passengers in March. Aircraft movements also experienced an increase compared to the previous year, with a total of 69,959 arriving and ......read more

Qatar Airways to Participate in ATM Dubai 2024 with the World's First AI Digital Human Cabin Crew, Sama 2.0

The 'Best Airline in the Middle East' will offer industry experts the chance to interact with the latest generation of its revolutionary digital innovation at the Arabian Travel Market Dubai, from 6 to 9 May 2024 Sama 2.0 embodies the future of travel technology, raising the bar for exceptional, world-class service and hospitality across the global travel and tourism sector 29 April 2024 Dubai, UAE – Qatar Airways, the multiple award-winning airline, will participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai, offering visitors the chance to meet and engage with its world-leading AI-powered digital human cabin crew, Sama 2.0, from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 May 2024. Aligning with ATM's 31st edition theme of 'Empowering Innovation: Transforming Travel Through Entrepreneurship', the national carrier ......read more

Qatar Airways Renews Partnership with UNHCR to Support Communities in Need

The national airline of the State of Qatar, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency extend their partnership for another two years from 2024 through 2025 Qatar Airways and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced the renewal of their existing partnership to support the shipment of relief items to the most vulnerable refugees and internally displaced people worldwide.  The agreement was signed during a signing ceremony which included a speech by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, in the presence of the UNHCR’s Representative to the State of Qatar, Mr. Ahmed Mohsen, and Qatar Airways, Chief Cargo Officer, Mr. Mark Drusch. Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer announced the two-year renewal of the partnership between Qatar Airways Group ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo Elevates Live Animal Transport with launch of Advanced Animal Centre

Qatar Airways Cargo announces the opening of its state-of-the-art Animal Centre and the relaunch of its Next Generation Live product, setting new benchmarks in the transport of live animals. As a leading transporter, with over 550,000 animals including 10,000 horses flown in 2023, the airline reaffirms its commitment to animal welfare. Mark Drusch, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo, shares his vision: "At Qatar Airways Cargo, we recognise our responsibility extends far beyond the mere transportation of animals. We are committed to advocating for their welfare globally, ensuring our operations respect and contribute positively to their overall well-being. This holistic approach to animal care is a fundamental part of our ethos, driving us to innovate and lead in the industry. With our new Animal Centre and service ......read more

Hamad International Airport Boosts China-Qatar Connectivity with Inauguration of China Southern Airlines

Doha, Qatar: Following the codeshare announcement between Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines in February this year, Hamad International Airport (DOH) announces the commencement of four weekly flights from Guangzhou to Doha by China Southern Airlines, further enhancing connectivity between China and Qatar. Commenced on 22 April, 2024, the route was operated by a Boeing B787-9 aircraft with a capacity of 203 seats from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) to Hamad International Airport (DOH). This new service by China Southern Airlines supplements Qatar Airways’ existing operations to seven major cities in China – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Xiamen, offering over 27,000 weekly seats to and from Doha through Hamad International Airport. As one of China's largest ......read more

Hamad International Airport Recognised as the “World's Best Airport” at the 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The gateway to Qatar was also named ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second time in a row, and "Best Airport in the Middle East" for the tenth consecutive year Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) has again secured its position as the "World’s Best Airport" by the prestigious 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany. The airport also clinched the title of ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second time in a row and "Best Airport in the Middle East" for the tenth consecutive year.  Hamad International Airport's recognition is based on meticulous assessments conducted by air travellers. They evaluated the airport's performance across key performance indicators and ......read more

Qatar Airways announces following airport and airspace reopening

Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2024: Qatar Airways announces following airport and airspace reopening, that it has resumed its scheduled services to Iran, which include 20 weekly flights to four gateways - Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan. Qatar Airways’ customers can book flights on the qatarairways.com website or call the Contact Centre on +974 4144 5555 for assistance. The safety and security of our passengers remains our top priority

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Hamad International Airport Further Expands into Southeast Asia with Garuda Indonesia

Daily flights from Jakarta to Doha by Indonesian airlines ‘Garuda Indonesia’ Doha, Qatar: Under the partnership of Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport (DOH) announces the commencement of daily flights from Jakarta to Doha by Indonesian airlines ‘Garuda Indonesia’, further enhancing connectivity between Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Starting from 4 April 2024, the flight from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) to Hamad International Airport (DOH) operates daily in a 393-seater Boeing B777-300 aircraft. This strategic partnership with Garuda Indonesia complements Hamad International Airport’s existing extensive network in Southeast Asia through its national carrier Qatar Airways, which operates three daily flights to Jakarta, three daily flights to Bali, and three weekly ......read more

Hamad International Airport and Japan Airlines Forge Strategic Partnership, Launching Daily Flights between Doha and Tokyo

The inaugural flight marks a historic moment in Middle East aviation Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) has announced the commencement of daily operations by Japan Airlines, linking Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) in Japan with Hamad International Airport in Qatar. The inaugural flight, operated on 31 March 2024 by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with a capacity of 203 seats, marks the first-ever flight to the Middle East by a Japanese airline – signifying a historic moment in the aviation industry. Commenting on this historic partnership, Sujata Suri, Senior Vice President of Finance and Procurement at Hamad International Airport, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Japan Airlines to the Middle East through its renowned hub in Doha. The launch of Japan Airlines’ daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Hamad ......read more

Akasa Air - India's fastest-growing airline, commences operations from Doha's Hamad International Airport

Now connects Doha and Mumbai with four non-stop flights a week Bringing the category defining Akasa experience to Doha, at affordable fares Doha, 30 March 2024: Akasa Air, India’s fastest-growing airline, commenced operations from Doha, connecting it with Mumbai, with four non-stop flights a week.The inaugural flight on 28th March 2024 departed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai at 1745hrs IST and arrived at Hamad International Airport in Doha at 1940hrs AST. According to Qatar’s National Tourism Strategy 2030, the country aims to attract 6 million visitors every year. The route, launched in response to the growing demand for air travel between India and the State of Qatar, will provide enhanced connectivity and cargo capacity facilitating trade and tourism between the two ......read more

Qatar Airways GCEO Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer Outlines Vision for the Future of Qatar Airways

A new era of innovative growth including exciting product reveals are in the pipeline   In a major development, the GCEO said a new First Class cabin will be introduced by Qatar Airways His strategy for Qatar’s national carrier includes pioneering innovation in digital technologies, products, fleet growth and employee engagement as Qatar Airways continues its global expansion Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2024 – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, has revealed several major new developments in line with his vision for the future of Qatar Airways. Designed to invigorate the global airline and its group of businesses, his roadmap for success includes innovation as the key pillar, which is reflected in Qatar Airways’ upcoming products and services – including the ......read more

Progress Report: Sustainability, Digitalization and Safety in Air Cargo

12 March 2024 (Hong Kong) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reviewed progress in digitalization, safety and sustainability at the opening of the IATA World Cargo Symposium with the aim of accelerating progress on these critical priorities. “Air cargo volumes are now firmly back to pre-pandemic levels. The challenge now is to ensure that air cargo growth is efficient, safe and aligned with achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through the hard work of the air cargo industry, the building blocks are in place to significantly accelerate progress in all these areas,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in Hong Kong, today. Digitalization “The biggest opportunity for the air cargo industry is digitalization. This has ......read more

MATAR Concludes Annual Safety Campaign at Hamad International Airport

12 March 2024 Doha, Qatar: As part of its ongoing commitment to operational health and safety standards across its operations, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management (MATAR) successfully conducted its annual MATAR Safety Campaign at Hamad International Airport (DOH). Operating under the theme 'Safety Commitment, A Legacy We Build Every Day', the MATAR Safety Campaign was designed to stimulate continuous enhancement in operational health and safety (OHS) management. The campaign aimed to further promote a safety-first culture across the award-winning airport, encouraging employee participation in all safety initiatives, strengthening the reporting of safety concerns, and cultivating strong relationships between the airport its stakeholders, and workforce. The campaign offered comprehensive workshops and ......read more

Qatar Airways Raises the Curtain on the Future of Travel at ITB Berlin 2024

The Best Airline in the Middle East revealed its increased flight frequencies to 15 global destinations in the next 12 months, including additional flights to Berlin starting this winter From Doha’s Hamad International Airport – awarded the Best Airport in the Middle East nine consecutive times by Skytrax – Qatar Airways flies to over 170 destinations, including five destinations in Germany starting this summer Qatar Airways also unveiled its latest digital innovation during the inaugural day of ITB Berlin 2024 – the first airline in the world to launch a virtual digital human cabin crew – the revamped Sama Dubai, UAE, 07 March 2024 – Qatar Airways commenced this year’s ITB Berlin with the announcement of its increase in flight frequencies to 15 global destinations through the ......read more

F-16 Block 70 Jets Set Off on Historic Ferry Flight to Bahrain: A New Era in Air Defense

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 7, 2024 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today marked a significant milestone with the departure of the first ferry cell of three F-16 Block 70 jets from Greenville, South Carolina, to Bahrain. This event highlights Bahrain's role as the first Gulf Cooperation Council member to operate the F-16 and now the first to integrate the F-16 Block 70 variant into its fleet. To date, Lockheed Martin has produced five F-16 Block 70 jets for Bahrain, with an additional 11 in various stages of production and testing. The initial aircraft are performing flight test missions at Edwards Air Force Base, California, with the 416th Flight Test Squadron. OJ Sanchez, vice president and general manager of the Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin, emphasized the importance of the F-16 in the joint 21st Century ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo retires its last Queen of the Skies

Qatar Airways Cargo’s Boeing 747F, registration A7-BGB, landed for the last time in commercial cargo service for QR Cargo as the airline fast-tracks its focus on greener flying. Arriving from Barcelona, Flight QR8807 touched down in Doha at 15:00 local time on Friday, 01 March, 2024. A7-BGB joined the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet on 26 September 2017. Over the past seven years, the two iconic freighter aircraft were deployed on more than 9,000 flights totalling over 66,000 block hours and together transporting almost 800,000 tonnes. Throughout its service, the number one destination where the 747 aircraft served was Incheon at 1,165 flights. Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Guangzhou were also among the top 10 destinations the cargo aircraft served. From racing cars (30 can fit on a 747F) to thoroughbred race horses (up to 90 horses ......read more

Hamad International Airport Introduces Dedicated Transfer Security Lanes for Families with Children

95% of passengers wait for less than five minutes to go through the security process 04 March 2024 Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) continues to elevate its travel experience with the introduction of dedicated screening lanes for families with younger children transferring through the airport. The dedicated family lanes will reduce wait times at security checkpoints and provide staff assistance to aide families with their personal belongings. This initiative reflects the airport's commitment to minimising stress and wait times, underscoring its dedication to providing a seamless and efficient travel experience for all passengers. To further enhance this experience and ensure it is tailored to meet travellers’ needs, Hamad International Airport will gather feedback and suggestions for improvement from ......read more

Qatar Airways Announces Flights Resumption to Lisbon, Portugal

The award-winning airline continues to enhance its 2024 summer schedule with more than 170 destinations including 50 in Europe Qatar Airways passengers from Lisbon now have access to the dazzling gateway of Hamad International Airport for thrilling journeys across Africa, Asia , Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent Dubai, UAE, 29 February 2024 – Qatar Airways announces the resumption of flights to Lisbon, Portugal as part of its 2024 network expansion of over 170 destinations. The four weekly flights will be served on a Boeing B787-8 aircraft commencing Thursday, 6 June 2024. As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon offers the perfect starting point for travellers eager to delve into the rich tourism offerings of the country. With countless historical sites only a day trip away, adventurers can embark on a journey to the ......read more

2023 Safest Year for Flying By Several Parameters

28 February 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2023 Annual Safety Report for global aviation. Aviation continues to make progress on safety with several 2023 parameters showing “best-ever” results. There were no hull losses or fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft in 2023. However, there was a single fatal accident involving a turboprop aircraft, resulting in 72 fatalities. There were 37 million aircraft movements in 2023 (jet and turboprop), an increase of 17% on the previous year. Report highlights include: The all accident rate was 0.80 per million sectors in 2023 (one accident for every 1.26 million flights), an improvement from 1.30 in 2022 and the lowest rate in over a decade. This rate outperformed the five-year (2019-2023) rolling average of 1.19 (an average ......read more

Qatar Airways Group Partners with Our Habitas to Launch ‘Our Habitas Ras Abrouq', a Luxury Desert Resort Set on Qatar's Golden West Coast

Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, along with VIP guests, media, designers and artists were present at an opening ceremony to showcase the unique hospitality project   Located at the edge of the UNESCO protected Al-Reem Biosphere Reserve, famous for its lunar landscape and Richard Serra sculpture, the resort allows guests to experience Qatar’s coastal desert in a unique way   Dubai, UAE, 26 February 2024 – Qatar Airways Group in partnership with Our Habitas has officially launched a luxury resort nestled on the West Coast of Qatar next to the Al Reem UNESCO-Designated Biosphere Reserve. Located about one hour’s drive from Hamad International Airport in Doha, the resort features unspoiled views of the Arabian Gulf, spectacular golden ......read more

IATA and The Weather Company Collaborate to Provide Enhanced Turbulence-Related Weather Data to Airlines

22 February 2024  – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding the transmission of its Turbulence Aware data for use within industry-leading aviation solutions by The Weather Company, which serves a majority of North American commercial airlines and many others globally. With this enhancement, participating airlines can now access Eddy Dissipation Rate (EDR) turbulence data directly through Fusion™ and Pilotbrief® tools by The Weather Company. IATA Turbulence Aware will be enabled as an additional data layer within these tools, allowing pilots, dispatchers and flight planners to have needed turbulence observations integrated directly into their mission critical applications in one place rather than relying on multiple screens. Turbulence can impact crew and passenger safety, route planning, ......read more

Qatar Airways and gategroup Launch New Partnership to Elevate Inflight Dining

With gategroup on board, the award-winning airline will set a new benchmark in inflight dining experience, quality, sustainability and healthy eating Dubai, UAE, 13 February 2024 – Qatar Airways and gategroup today announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining, structured through a Business Management Agreement that will see collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability. Qatar Airways' commitment to global aviation excellence will be reinforced by gategroup’s expertise in menu design, culinary concepts and operational excellence. This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world class lounges at Hamad International ......read more

Qatar International Food Festival 2024 kicks off with bursting flavours and live entertainment

Qatar Tourism’s Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) returns on February 8 for its 13th edition. Held at the Family Zone at the Doha Expo 2023 this year at Al Bidda Park, QIFF 2024 spans over a colossal 61, 600 meter squared concourse. The event is geared up to offer the most entertaining cultural feast under one roof. This year’s sponsors are Talabat and Ooredoo, while the Official Hospitality Partner is Katara Hospitality, and the Official Venue Partner is Doha Expo 2023. Commenting on this year’s festival, His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, said: “As we gather here today to inaugurate the 13th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival. This year, in acknowledgment of the year of culture, we embrace a cultural exchange between our brothers and sisters from ......read more

France visa services in Qatar now available through VFS Global

VFS Global is bringing France visa services closer to home for the residents of Qatar through its new France Visa Application Centre in Doha. The centre was inaugurated on 08 February 2024 by Patrick Poinsot, First counsellor at the French embassy in Qatar. France visa applicants can now visit this centre located in Level 2, Al Nuaimi Building, Oqba Ibn Nafie Street, Airport Road, Doha, Qatar, to submit their applications for short and long stay visas. Prior appointments are mandatory and can be booked on www.vfsglobal.com. Mr. Patrick Poinsot, First counselor at the French embassy in Qatar said, “We care about the quality of the welcome of our Qatari friends and residents of Qatar who want to go to France. We are very pleased to see that, each year, more and more people are travelling to France, especially for touristic ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo appoints new Chief Officer Cargo

“Qatar Airways Cargo confirms that Mark Drusch has been appointed as Chief Officer Cargo effective immediately. With over 25 years in senior airline management roles, Mark is a well-known figure in the aviation world. His most recent role was SVP Revenue Management, Alliances and Strategy at Qatar Airways where he led the development and implementation of the company’s revenue strategy as well as managing strategic alliances with key partner airlines.  Prior to joining Qatar Airways, Mark spent 20 years at Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines and Lufthansa LSG Sky Chefs as Senior Vice President where he led the transformation in commercial airline strategy execution, revenue management, network planning and alliances. In addition, Mark was CEO and co-founder of e-Rewards and e-Miles, leaders in online panel ......read more

Air Cargo Demand Surges 10.8% in December, Closing 2023 Near 2022 Levels

31 January 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo demand rebounded in 2023 with a particularly strong fourth quarter performance despite economic uncertainties. Full-year demand reached a level just slightly below 2022 and 2019.   • Global full-year demand in 2023, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), was down 1.9% compared to 2022 (-2.2% for international operations). Compared to 2019, it was down 3.6% (-3.8 for international operations). • Capacity in 2023, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was 11.3% above 2022 (+9.6% for international operations). Compared to 2019 (pre-COVID) levels, capacity was up 2.5% (0.0% for international operations). • December 2023 saw an exceptionally strong ......read more

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Qatar Airways Touches Down its Inaugural Flight in Medan, Indonesia to Celebrate Successful Conclusion of Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture The award-winning airline continues its global expansion, introducing Medan as its third gateway in Indonesia The national carrier of the State of Qatar will operate three weekly flights to Medan onboard its state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 ......read more

Visit Qatar Showcases “Hayyakum Qatar” in Riyadh Boulevard…

Qatar dazzles with regional activations inviting GCC nationals to discover the country as part of its vibrant ‘Hayyakum Qatar’ campaign Visit Qatar took centre stage in a special activation at Riyadh Boulevard, highlighting the ‘Hayyakum Qatar’ destination campaign. This initiative invites GCC nationals to explore Qatar's diverse attractions. To further promote ......read more

Royal Commission for AlUla's Governor Formally Inaugurates Qatar Airways Direct Flight connecting ...…

AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – January 2024:  The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) announced today the official inauguration of direct flights between Doha and AlUla by Qatar Airways. The ceremony was presided over by His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, the Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla, in the ......read more

MATAR Completes Sixth Full-Scale Emergency Exercise at Hamad International Airport…

10 January, 2024 Doha Qatar: MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management successfully concluded its sixth full-scale emergency exercise for Hamad International Airport (DOH) titled ‘Emergency Exercise Oryx Kilo 2023’ on the 8th of January 2024. The full-scale exercise evaluated the effectiveness of external agencies’ response in accessing the new western ......read more

Hamad International Airport Ready to Welcome Fans for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 TM…

27 December 2023 - Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar's renowned aviation hub, stands poised to welcome visitors from around the globe, as Qatar hosts the prestigious 18th edition of AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023TM. Set to take place from January 12 to February 10, 2024, the tournament will see twenty-four of the continent's top teams competing in 51 matches across ......read more

Hamad International Airport Awarded Best Airport in the Middle East for Seventh Consecutive Year by ...…

19 December 2023:  Global Traveler's 20th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards has once again crowned Hamad International Airport (DOH) with the distinguished title of “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive seventh consecutive year.  Recognized as a prestigious accolade in the realm of business travel, this award underscores the airport's unwavering ......read more

IATA Rolls Out New Timatic Product to Support Contactless Travel and Enhance Customer Experience…

17 December 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has rolled out the next generation travel documentation and verification system which supports contactless travel and enhances the passenger experience. To achieve this, Timatic has undergone a complete redesign, setting a new benchmark in travel compliance solutions. Building on the success of its predecessor, Timatic AutoCheck ......read more

Iberia Inaugurates Its Daily Flights to Doha, Qatar, A Milestone in International Connectivity…

• With this new route, the Community of Madrid, the Madrid City Council and Madrid Turismo by IFEMA Madrid show their commitment to making Madrid a gateway to Asia from Spain and Europe, with an estimated economic impact of €55 million in the first year   • Iberia and Qatar Airways jointly offer customers three daily flights between the Spanish and Qatari capital cities, ......read more

Qatar Airways Touches Down in Tabuk, Its 10th Destination in Saudi Arabia…

Qatar Airways currently operates more than 125 weekly flights across 10 Saudi gateways, showcasing steadfast commitment to enhancing connectivity in Saudi Arabia Doha, Qatar – Qatar Airways, the Best Airline in the Middle East, has landed its inaugural flight in Tabuk, on Thursday, 14 December, marking it as its10th gateway in Saudi Arabia. The new direct service will be operated by an ......read more

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