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Qatar Airways has been attracting a lot of attention with Qatar Airways’ Holidays. It is offering attractive tour packages to Russia for FIFA 2018 World Cup, Russia, to be taking place from 14th June to 15th June 2018. Yesterday, it announced its first ‘Global Travel Boutique’ giving out amazing discounts on first class cabins.

‘Global Travel Boutique’ will offer exclusive range of discounts on Economy, Business and First class, with an opportunity to win exclusive prizes including one million Qmiles from Qatar Airways privilege club, discounts from Qatar duty free and prizes from Qatar Airways Holidays. It is further expected to expand its global network during 2018 by adding more flights for more exciting destinations such as, Pattaya, Thailand, Penang, Malaysia, and Canberra to name a few.

The offers introduced by Qatar Airways may be an initiative to boost tourist inflow and outflow that had been hit by the rerouting of flights, given the blockade by Bahrain and UAE. This can also be considered as a promotional step by Qatar to facilitate audience to attend FIFA 2018 in Russia.

The offers may reduce the cost of travel for people of Qatar, but only marginally. As the travel cost to and from Qatar increased due to rerouting of fights that otherwise covered less distance and saved time. But still it will prove to be a relief from the rise in travel cost to an extent.

This is a good opportunity for expats to plan and make booking for their holidays and also a great opportunity for football fans to experience live FIFA 2018 World Cup, Russia. As the packages, even with nominal reduction, will be able to help travellers with getting hotel booking and match tickets to group matches as well as the Semi-Final and Final for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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The new “QSuite” in Business Class

Passengers who wish to try out Qatar Airways’ new double beds in business class can now do so when flying from London to Doha.

The national carrier has launched its Qsuites on Boeing 777s that fly from Heathrow to Hamad International Airport.

The QSuites come equipped with doors to offer greater privacy.

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The new “QSuite” in Business Class

Some of the seats in the middle sections also have the capability to convert into a double bed, a first for the industry.

Additionally, the middle seats have a screen that can open up to allow four passengers to eat together or chat.

Schedule

The first planes to fly the Qsuites were supposed to launch in June, according to an announcement made by Qatar Airways earlier this year.

The reason for the delay remains unclear. But since June, the airline has been grappling with an air blockade from its neighbors that has hurt passenger traffic and affected route times.

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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

Prior to the Gulf dispute, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said all of the airline’s existing aircraft will be retrofitted with the new seats by summer 2018.

He added that after London, Paris and New York’s JFK are the next routes to carry the option.

Have you tried the new seats? Thoughts?

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Pakistani visitors to Qatar can now get free visas on arrival at Qatar’s airport.

These visas are good for a 30-day stay, and can be extended for an additional month, according to the Qatari embassy in Pakistan.

Qatar Airways appeared to update its website to reflect the change late last month, and the Pakistani embassy in Qatar also tweeted about it.

However, the news was only confirmed by Qatari authorities in Islamabad this week.

The move comes after Qatar announced a new visa-free scheme for visitors of 80 nationalities in early August.

At the time, Pakistanis and many others lamented that their countries were not on the list.

The offer was extended to populous nations like India, Russia and China, but not most African, South Asian and Arab countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Egypt.

Conditions

To be eligible for the visa on arrival, Pakistani travelers must present passports with at least six months validity.

A return/onward ticket is also needed.

The traveler must also have at least QR5,000 in cash or a valid credit card. Additionally, a certificate of vaccination against polio is needed.

Travelers do not have to fly Qatar Airways to avail of the visa on arrival.

Thoughts?