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US Customs Pre-Clearance Might Be Arriving Over in Qatar

Where: Qatar
March 5, 2014 at 6:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a few spots where flying back home is pretty darn easy, as outposts of US customs and border control are set up at foreign airports. This has been the deal up in Canada for quite some time, and there are a few other locations as well. Basically you go through all the welcome to the USA paperwork overseas, and then when you land safe and sound in the nifty fifty you’re free to just grab you bag and head into a taxi.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection opened up a spot like this over in Abu Dhabi earlier in the year, and it sounds like Dubai is getting in on the fun as well. However, we’re thinking officials over in Qatar are jealous over all of this, and now they want their very own chance to throw their very own version of a passport party.

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Qatar Goes Super Luxury with All-Business-Class to London

Where: Qatar
February 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to the Middle East might seem like a fuss with only a few handfuls of non-stop flights from the U.S. and plenty of hours in a plane, so a welcome addition is Qatar Airways' launch of all-business-class flights from Doha, Qatar to London-Heathrow. This marks the first time for such a service between the two regions.

In all, flights from Qatar to the UK take just about 7 hours. So, for that amount of time, passengers will be able to eat, sleep, and catch up on work with the in-flight SMS and GPRS technology. The Airbus A319 will seat a mere 40 passengers in a 2-2 configuration of lie-flat seats, so the sense of a small domestic flight will be as pervasive as the free-flowing bubbles.

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How You Can Benefit from Qatar Airways Joining Oneworld Alliance

November 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just over a year ago, we reported on the news that Qatar Airways was about to do something no other Middle Eastern airline had done before: join an alliance. More specifically, it accepted the invitation to cozy up to the likes of American Airlines and British Airways to become part of Oneworld. Such an integration process doesn’t happen overnight, but on October 30 - last week - the process was finally complete.

So what benefit is there for you? For starters, if you plan your travel right, you may find yourself in the luxurious environment of the business class cabin on Qatar’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (flying between home base Doha and London for instance). More importantly, Oneworld alliance membership means more opportunity to both earn and burn miles for frequent travelers.

Now that the details have been published, we’ll have a quick look at what that means for those with American’s Advantage and British Airways Executive Club programs:

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: At the Skyline of Doha, Qatar

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: The Museum of Islamic Art park in Doha, Qatar.

This week's Travel Cat is from Instagrammer @mohamedihab, whose photo of this tabby staring at the skyline just won the Instagram contest put on by Qatar Airways and @qatar_museums_authority.

Of the kitty, he notes:

[The photo] is at the Islamic museum park, I was...out there with my wife and friends then I found this cat starring at the towers. The funny thing that my wife made fun of me for taking picture of a cat [sic].

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Instagram Contest Alert: Win Qatar Airways Flights with a Single Photo

Where: Qatar
January 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM | by | Comments (0)


An instagram we recently posted with Qatar announced their Oneworld membership

Question or two for you. Have you traveled anywhere recently? Do you Instagram? If you answered yes to both (we hope you did), then you're already half-way to winning roundtrip flight on Qatar Airways.

In what is surely one of the easiest, most open Instagram contests yet, the Qatar Museums Authority is celebrating their "Art of Travel: Bartholomäus Schachman (1559-1614)" exhibition of watercolors from explorer Schachman's travels in the Ottoman Empire. What the Museums Authority wants to see from you is not a watercolor, however, but one great Instagram.

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What You're Going to Gain from Qatar Airways Joining the Oneworld Alliance

Where: Doha, Qatar
October 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM | by | Comment (1)


L to R: Horton, Al Baker, Walsh, Ashby

Earlier today, in a small event room in the middle of Midtown Manhattan, four men sat down in front of four microphones. They—Tom Horton (CEO American Airlines), Akbar Al Baker (CEO Qatar Airways), Willie Walsh (CEO of IAG, parent company of British Airways and Iberia) and Bruce Ashby (CEO Oneworld Alliance)—represented their respective airlines but also sat there as heads of companies responsible for billions of dollars in the travel sector and millions of flyers in the air. And they'd come together to get even closer to one another, by inviting Qatar Airways to join the Oneworld Alliance.

Guess what? Qatar Airways accepted the invitation.

From here it'll take another 12-18 months until Qatar completes integration into Oneworld, but now's the time to start smirking at the potential benefits. Yeah, you're probably like, "why should I care?" Well, just think that next time you book a long-haul flight with American Airlines and it has a stopover in Doha, you could actually be walking onto a Qatar Airways plane (ooo maybe even a 787!) with Qatari crew and Qatar's 5-star service and then you'll be googling to see when all this happened while being very glad it did.

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Qatar Museum of Arab Modern Art to Open with a Human Camera Exhibit

Where: Doha, Qatar
December 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Qatar is likely reveling in winning its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. But there's a more immediate reason to be pumped: The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art will open in Doha on December 30.

Mathaf—pronounced "Mat-haff," which is "museum" in Arabic—will showcase more than 6,000 works of modern Arab art from the 1840s to the present.

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World Cup 2018 Goes to Russia, 2022 to Qatar (Where It's Illegal to be Drunk)

December 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just moments ago, two huge announcements hit the world, news that brings major repercussions for tourism, development, media and (of course) money. FIFA revealed the winner countries who will get to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Yo, Qatar Airways and Aeroflot, you can start sketching some new World Cup airplane livery now.

Russia beat out England, Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium to win for 2018, while Qatar took top spot for 2022 over the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

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Qatar Seeks to Steal Dubai's Spotlight with Architecturally Stunning Museum

March 31, 2010 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever held a desert rose stone in your hand and marveled that nature could create something so geometrically crazy beautiful and yet so simple? Soon, you'll be able to walk inside of one created by man—the desert rose-inspired National Museum of Qatar, sustainably designed by architect Jean Nouvel.

Construction will begin soon as the design was only unveiled last week, and the museum will likely open in a few years, by which time Qatar could steal hotspot status from Dubai. It's to be built around the historical Fariq Al Salatah Palace and it will educate visitors about life in the Gulf region via film and “sonorous cocoons,” according to Abitare. We also learn that this museum will more than just a stop on the itinerary of tourists to Qatar, but that it'll be a national symbol:

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