Minor make more moves in Qatar

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 9 November 2017: Minor Hotels reports this week it will open three new-build hotels in Qatar in Spring 2018 under its Tivoli and Oaks brands.

Katara Hospitality, a hospitality owner, developer and operator, owns the three properties.

Launching in April, 2018, the 151-room Tivoli Al Najada Doha Hotel is in the final stages of development in the centre of the Qatari capital. Read more

Middle East: Soft power showdown

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DUBAI, 7 November 2017: The opening this week of the glittering Louvre Abu Dhabi museum marks the latest stage in a multi-billion-dollar “soft power” showdown between energy giants Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Culture, media and sports have turned into battlegrounds for branding and global recognition.

“There is certainly competition there for soft power hegemony between the Gulf monarchies,” said Andreas Krieg, assistant professor at King’s College London, with the Gulf states vying for investments, tourism and branding. Read more

Qatar buys Cathay stake

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

DOHA, 7 November 2017: Qatar Airways has bought a stake in Cathay Pacific, it announced Monday, giving the Doha-based airline a toehold in the potentially lucrative Asian aviation market.

The state-owned Gulf carrier said it had acquired a 9.6% stake in Cathay, which would make it the third largest shareholder in the Hong Kong airline.

Bloomberg News said the deal was worth USD662 million (570 million euros). Read more

Qatar makes it five in Thailand

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has confirmed it will start direct flights, 28 January 2018, to U-tapao airport, just 30 km south of  Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand coast.

The four-weekly service from Doha to U-tapao will become the airline’s fifth route to Thailand.

It already flies to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and is scheduled to start a service to Chiang Mai, 12 December. Read more

Indonesia Qatar talks on aviation

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 20 October 2017: The emir of Qatar held talks with Muslim-majority Indonesia on Wednesday, more than four months into a Saudi-led blockade against the Gulf emirate.

During the visit Qatar and Indonesia signed memorandums on aviation, health and education.

Talks also focussed on investment and trade opportunities in energy, infrastructure and tourism. Read more

Vietjet inks deal with Qatar Airways

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 October 2017: Vietjet and Qatar Airways have entered into a two-phase interline partnership that kicked off in September by allowing Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel to and from points in Vietnam and Taiwan using connecting services on Vietjet.

The second phase will extend the interline partnership to allow Vietjet’s passengers to connect with Qatar flights to  more than 150 points, worldwide, served by Qatar Airways using a single reservation across both of the airlines’ networks.

It will include passengers flying domestic services in Vietnam on Vietjet to connect with Qatar Airways’ services to Doha out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Read more

Qatar to fly to St Petersburg

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, Qatar, 9 October 2017:   Qatar Airways will launch daily flights to St. Petersburg, Russia this December, doubling its Russian routes.

The new daily service, due to start 19 December, will operate between Doha and St. Petersburg with an Airbus A320, offering 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

St Petersburg, (Leningrad in the USSR era)  is home to the country’s incredible art collections, legendary Hermitage Museum, and internationally-recognised historic buildings. It is noted for its elegant canals and rich Imperial history. Read more

Flying with the RAF’s Red Arrows

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Middle east

DOHA, 2 October 2017:  – Qatar Airways celebrated its 20th anniversary at the weekend as thousands of people watched a Qatar Airways aircraft fly over Doha escorted by the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team.

The event was hosted by the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Ajay Sharma, and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.

The thrilling display took place in the skies above Doha as the Qatar Airways Airbus A350, for which the airline was the global launch customer, flew in formation with the British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) iconic Red Arrows. Read more

Qatar eases visa

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

RABAT, Morocco, 8 September 2017: Morocco has been added to a list of countries whose citizens no longer need visas to enter Qatar, official Moroccan media has said.

Qatar, hit by a land and air embargo imposed by a group of its most powerful neighbours, in early August introduced a visa-free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism.

Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani, who met a Moroccan delegation in Doha on Tuesday, announced that his country “had removed the obligation for Moroccan citizens to obtain a visa”, Morocco’s official MAP news agency said the same day. Read more

Gulf spat stunts Qatar Hajj travel

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DOHA, 30 August 2017: Qatar has sent only dozens of its citizens across the border to Saudi Arabia for this week’s hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites because of the increasingly bitter crisis between the Gulf neighbours.

The annual pilgrimage that draws 2 million Muslim faithful from across the globe and starts this year on Wednesday has become embroiled in a dispute between Doha and Riyadh now nearing its third month.

Qatar’s only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia, has been closed and travel, diplomatic and economic sanctions imposed over charges that Doha supports Islamist extremists and has too close ties to Riyadh’s regional rival Iran. Read more

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